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  1. (verb-transitive) To throw lightly or casually or with a sudden slight jerk: tossed the shirt on the floor. See Synonyms at throw.
  2. (verb-transitive) To throw, fling, or heave continuously about; pitch to and fro: boats that were tossed by the storm.
  3. (verb-transitive) To throw upward: The bull tossed him over the fence.
  4. (verb-transitive) To mix (a salad) lightly so as to cover with dressing.
  5. (verb-transitive) To discuss informally; bandy: tossed the idea around.
  6. (verb-transitive) To move or lift (the head) with a sudden motion: "tossing their heads in sprightly dance” ( William Wordsworth).
  7. (verb-transitive) To disturb or agitate; upset.
  8. (verb-transitive) To throw to the ground: ducked the blow and tossed his opponent.
  9. (verb-transitive) To flip (coins) in order to decide an issue.
  10. (verb-transitive) To flip coins with: I'll toss you to see who goes first.
  11. (verb-transitive) To put in a given position, condition, or situation: tossed the criminal in jail.
  12. (verb-transitive) To throw away; discard: I tossed the newspaper after reading it.
  13. (verb-transitive) To disqualify or eject: The starter was tossed for throwing illegal pitches.
  14. (verb-intransitive) To be thrown here and there; be flung to and fro.
  15. (verb-intransitive) To move about restlessly; twist and turn: toss in one's sleep.
  16. (verb-intransitive) To flip a coin to decide an issue.
  17. (noun) The act of tossing or the condition of being tossed.
  18. (noun) The distance that something is or can be tossed.
  19. (noun) An abrupt upward movement, as of the head.
  20. (noun) A flipping of a coin to decide an issue: The home team won the toss and elected to receive.
  21. (phrasal-verb) toss down Informal To drink in one draft by suddenly tilting.
  22. (phrasal-verb) toss off Informal To drink up in one draft.
  23. (phrasal-verb) toss off Informal To do or finish effortlessly or casually: "technicians who can toss off the Romantic blockbusters with stupendous speed” ( Annalyn Swan).

Examples by Wordnik

  1. toss, some of the boys sat still, looking at Marco, and not knowing what to do; others raised their oars into the air, some one way and some another; and Joseph, who was a little discomposed by the rebuff he had met with, concluded that he would obey as literally as possible, let what would come of it and he gave his oar a high toss into the air. - Marco Paul's Voyages and Travels; Vermont
  2. But if winning the coin toss is (nearly) tantamout to winning the overtime, then what is the point? - Archive 2008-02-01
  3. Once the coin toss is flipped, once 800 airplanes fly over, once the fireworks go off, once the top 15 singers in the country sing, once the circus gets done juggling and the elephants leave and the giraffes leave, I'm pretty sure my playbook is going to be the same. - - Super Watch: Three days to go
  4. The rest of them, the eight yellow states here, are all what we call toss-up states, true swing states where it could go one way or the other. - CNN Transcript Sep 26, 2008
  5. But before the game begins, he'll take part in a pre-game coin toss, which is ceremonial. - CNN Transcript Dec 1, 2001


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