I. noun Etymology: Middle English dewes, from Anglo-French deus two, from Latin duos, accusative masculine of duo two — more at two Date: 15th century 1. a. (1) the face of a die that bears two spots (2) a playing card bearing an index number two b. a throw of the dice yielding two points 2. a tie in tennis after each side has scored 40 requiring two consecutive points by one side to win 3. [obsolete English deuce bad luck] a. devil, dickens — used chiefly as a mild oath <
what the deuce is he up to now
b. something notable of its kind <
a deuce of a mess
II. transitive verb (deuced; deucing) Date: 1919 to bring the score of (a tennis game or set) to deuce

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

, (said of cards or dice) /

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