Deuce of Cards
(The). The two (French, deux). The three is called “Tray” (French, trois; Latin, tres).
“A gentleman being punched by a butcher's tray, exclaimed,`Deuce take the tray.' `Well,' said the boy, `I don't know how the deuce is to take the tray.”' —Jest Book.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894