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    what does it mean "play the hand you are dealt

    Hello there,

    Can anyone help me to explain what it means "play the hand you are dealt"?

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    Re: what does it mean "play the hand you are dealt

    Work with what you have.

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    Re: what does it mean "play the hand you are dealt

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hello there,

    Can anyone help me to explain what it means "play the hand you are dealt"?
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Work with what you have.


    The problem may be that Mr or Ms Unregistered hasn't met this use of "hand":
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    10 Games.

    1. The cards held in a card game by a given player at any time.
    2...

    ...
    For more (the previous 9 definitions and the next 9 - it's a pretty 'pregnant' word), go to hand: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

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    Re: what does it mean "play the hand you are dealt

    Three other difficulties, I've just realized:
    • meaning of "deal" specific to card games
    • "you" as indirect object of deal - 'play the cards that are dealt to you'
    • irregular participle - "dealt" (which, incidentally, has a changed vowel-sound as well (/e/)


    Not easy, this language stuff!

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    Re: what does it mean "play the hand you are dealt

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hello there,

    Can anyone help me to explain what it means "play the hand you are dealt"?
    In very simple terms, it means make do with what you have, or make the best out of a situation which confronts you.

    You might have been planning to take a leisurly walk to the beach, but suddenly a storm comes up, and you have to change your plans and take shelter somewhere. The storm is the "hand that you've been dealt" and changing your plan is dealing with the situation.

    The same resoning can be applied to many unforseen changes in life/work/plans.

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    Re: what does it mean "play the hand you are dealt

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Three other difficulties, I've just realized:
    • meaning of "deal" specific to card games
    • "you" as indirect object of deal - 'play the cards that are dealt to you'
    • irregular participle - "dealt" (which, incidentally, has a changed vowel-sound as well (/e/)


    Not easy, this language stuff!

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    Thankyou bob.


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    Re: what does it mean "play the hand you are dealt

    Thanks so much, folks!

    I was Mr. Unregisterd. And I am just feel so grateful to have the all those answers from you, which have been very helpful.

    Cheers,
    Tony

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