deuce

A deuce is one of the number two cards in a deck of cards. Or, in tennis, a deuce is a tie that must be broken by someone scoring two points in a row. When playing games, remember that when you hear deuce, it comes down to two.

There are two main meanings of deuce, both of which relate to the number two. The first is a playing card: the two of clubs, diamonds, hearts, or spades is called a deuce. In sports like tennis and ping pong, a deuce is a tie. One player must score two consecutive points to break the deuce and win. This can go on for a while if the players are well-matched. A hard-fought point could feature one deuce after another.

Definitions of deuce
  1. noun
    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
    synonyms: 2, II, two
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    types:
    craps, snake eyes
    expressions used when when two dice are thrown and both come up showing one spot
    brace, couple, couplet, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, span, twain, twosome, yoke
    two items of the same kind
    doubleton
    (bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player
    type of:
    digit, figure
    one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
  2. noun
    one of the four playing cards in a deck that have two spots
    synonyms: two
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    type of:
    playing card
    one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games
  3. noun
    a tie in tennis or table tennis that requires winning two successive points to win the game
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    type of:
    tie
    equality of score in a contest
  4. noun
    a word used in exclamations of confusion
    “the deuce with it”
    synonyms: devil, dickens
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    type of:
    exclaiming, exclamation
    an abrupt excited utterance
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