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[pich-uh n-taws, -tos]
  1. a game in which players toss coins at a mark, the person whose coin hits closest to the mark tossing all the coins in the air and winning all those that come down heads up.
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Origin of pitch-and-toss

First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for pitch-and-toss

Historical Examples

  • “From pitch-and-toss to manslaughter,” responded the boy, with a broad grin.

    Charlie to the Rescue

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The Sunday pitch-and-toss and card assemblages were also a source of profit to him.

  • I feel fit for anything, from pitch-and-toss to manslaughter.

  • They were ready for anything, from pitch-and-toss to manslaughter.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • They ended by casting the Lot for it, which is like pitch-and-toss.

    Rewards and Fairies

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for pitch-and-toss


  1. a game of skill and chance in which the player who pitches a coin nearest to a mark has the first chance to toss all the coins, winning those that land heads up
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