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.

Primary Meanings of deuce

1.
n
the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
2.
n
a word used in exclamations of confusion
Full Definitions of deuce
1

n the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number

Synonyms:
2, II, two
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

n one of the four playing cards in a deck that have two spots

Synonyms:
two
Type of:
playing card
one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games

n a tie in tennis or table tennis that requires winning two successive points to win the game

Type of:
tie
equality of score in a contest
2

n a word used in exclamations of confusion

“the deuce with it”
Synonyms:
devil, dickens
Type of:
exclaiming, exclamation
an abrupt excited utterance

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