I cannot understand the example sentence in the definition of the 1st meaning of coup de grâce in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
- Please explain about the meaning of "deal" which is used in past simple form in the sentence.
- Is the verb "deal" transitive or intransitive here?
Here is the excerpt from the dictionary with the example sentence in bold face:
coup de grâce noun
1.an action or event that finally ends something that has been getting weaker or worse
- My disastrous exam results dealt the coup de grâce to my university career.
- to give cards to each player in a game of cards: He dealt me two aces.
- to buy and sell illegal drugs: He was sent to jail for dealing drugs to his friends.
- to do business: We only deal with companies which have a good credit record:
I also looked at merriam-webster and It has 11 meanings but I couldn't relate any meaning to the mentioned sentence.