“deal with” and “deal in”

When you “deal in” something you are in the business of buying and selling things.

*The new shop around the corner deals in stolen goods.

When you “deal someone in”, you are permitting the individual to take part in something.

*No way! I don’t think we should deal Laya in.

When a book or an article “deals with” something, it is about a particular subject.

*The book deals with the spread of AIDS.

The expression can also be used to mean, “to manage someone or something”.

*There must be a way to deal with this problem. *Bala finds it difficult to deal with Ganesh.

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, September 27, 2004

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