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tossup

[ taws-uhp, tos- ]
/ ˈtɔsˌʌp, ˈtɒs- /
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noun

the tossing of a coin to decide something by its fall.
an even choice or chance: It's a tossup whether they'll come or not.

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Origin of tossup

First recorded in 1740–50; noun use of verb phrase toss up
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British Dictionary definitions for tossup

toss up

verb (adverb)

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

noun toss-up

an instance of tossing up a coin
informal an even chance or risk; gamble
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