[ taws, tos ]
/ tɔs, tɒs /
verb (used with object), tossed or (Literary) tost; toss·ing.
to throw, pitch, or fling, especially to throw lightly or carelessly: to toss a piece of paper into the wastebasket.
to throw or send from one to another, as in play: to toss a ball.
to throw or pitch with irregular or careless motions; fling or jerk about: The ship was tossed by waves.
to agitate, disturb, or disquiet.
to throw, raise, or jerk upward suddenly: She tossed her head disdainfully.
to speak or express in a sudden offhand manner; interject: He tossed jokes into their serious discussion.
to throw (a coin) into the air in order to decide something by the side turned up when it falls (sometimes followed by up).
to toss a coin with (someone).
to stir or mix (a salad) lightly until the ingredients are coated with the dressing.
verb (used without object), tossed or (Literary) tost; toss·ing.
to pitch, rock, sway, or move irregularly, as a ship on a rough sea or a flag or plumes in the breeze.
to fling or jerk oneself or move restlessly about, especially on a bed or couch: to toss in one's sleep.
to throw something.
to throw a coin into the air in order to decide something by the way it falls (sometimes followed by up).
to go with a fling of the body: to toss out of a room in a fit of anger.
an act or instance of tossing.
a pitching about or up and down.
a throw or pitch.
the distance to which something is or may be thrown.
a sudden fling or jerk of the body, especially a quick upward or backward movement of the head.
- to accomplish quickly or easily.
- to consume rapidly, especially to drink something up in one swallow: He tossed off a cocktail before dinner.
- British Slang. to masturbate.
toss up, Informal. to vomit.
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Origin of toss
First recorded in 1595–1605; origin uncertain
Related formstoss·er, nountoss·ing·ly, adverbun·tossed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for toss up (1 of 2)
to spin (a coin) in the air in order to decide between alternatives by guessing which side will fall uppermost
(tr) to prepare (food) quickly
an instance of tossing up a coin
informal an even chance or risk; gamble
British Dictionary definitions for toss up (2 of 2)
/ (tɒs) /
(tr) to throw lightly or with a flourish, esp with the palm of the hand upwards
to fling or be flung about, esp constantly or regularly in an agitated or violent waya ship tosses in a storm
to discuss or put forward for discussion in an informal way
(tr) (of an animal such as a horse) to throw (its rider)
(tr) (of an animal) to butt with the head or the horns and throw into the airthe bull tossed the matador
(tr) to shake, agitate, or disturb
to toss up a coin with (someone) in order to decide or allot somethingI'll toss you for it; let's toss for it
(intr) to move away angrily or impatientlyshe tossed out of the room
an abrupt movement
a rolling or pitching motion
the act or an instance of tossing
the act of tossing up a coinSee toss up (def. 1)
a fall from a horse or other animal
argue the toss to wrangle or dispute at length
give a toss slang to be concerned or interested (esp in the phrase not give a toss)
Word Origin for toss
C16: of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian, Swedish tossa to strew
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Idioms and Phrases with toss up
In addition to the idioms beginning with toss
- toss off
- toss one's cookies
- throw away (toss out)
- throw (toss) one's hat in the ring
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