toss1 [tɔs US to:s] v
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language]
1.) [T]
to throw something, especially something light, with a quick gentle movement of your hand
toss sth into/onto etc sth
She crumpled the letter and tossed it into the fire.
toss sth aside/over etc
Toss that book over, will you?
toss sth to sb
'Catch!' said Sandra, tossing her bag to him.
toss sb sth
Frank tossed her the newspaper.
2.) [I and T]
to move about continuously in a violent or uncontrolled way, or to make something do this
toss sth around/about
The small boat was tossed about like a cork.
3.) toss and turn
to keep changing your position in bed because you cannot sleep
I've been tossing and turning all night.
4.) also toss up [I and T]
especially BrE to throw a coin in the air, so that a decision will be made according to the side that faces upwards when it comes down
American Equivalent: flip
They tossed a coin to decide who would go first.
toss (sb) for it
We couldn't make up our minds, so we decided to toss for it.
5.) [T]
to throw something up into the air and let it fall to the ground
The crowd cheered, banging pots and tossing confetti into the air.
6.) toss a pancake
BrE to throw a ↑pancake upwards so that it turns over in the air and lands on the side that you want to cook
American Equivalent: flip
7.) [T]
to move pieces of food about in a small amount of liquid so that they become covered with the liquid
Toss the carrots in some butter before serving.
8.) toss your head/hair
written to move your head or hair back suddenly, often with a shaking movement showing anger
He tossed his head angrily and left the room.
toss off phr v
1.) toss sth<=>off
to produce something quickly and without much effort
one of those painters who can toss off a couple of pictures before breakfast
2.) toss sth<=>off
written to drink something quickly
He tossed off a few whiskies.
3.) toss (sb) off
BrE informal not polite to ↑masturbate
toss out [toss sth/sb<=>out] phr v
1.) to get rid of something that you do not want
I tossed most of that stuff out when we moved.
2.) to make someone leave a place, especially because of bad behaviour
toss something/somebody<=>out of
Kurt was tossed out of the club for trying to start a fight.
toss 2
toss2 n
1.) the act of throwing a coin in the air to decide something, especially who will do something first in a game
The toss of a coin decided who would go first.
win/lose the toss
Malory won the toss and will serve.
2.) a sudden backwards movement of your head, so that your hair moves, often showing anger
'I'll see,' the nurse said, with an officious toss of her head .
3.) a gentle throw
4.) not give a toss
BrE spoken to not care about something at all
I really couldn't give a toss what Sam thinks.
argue the toss atargue

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