- 1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Throw (something) somewhere lightly or casually: Suzy tossed her bag on to the sofa [with two objects]: she tossed me a box of matchesMore example sentences
- I reached home and casually tossed the baggie onto a table.
- Jonnie shuts the phone and casually tosses it onto the dresser.
- The doctor slumps back in his chair, and casually tosses his glasses onto the paper-stacked desk.
- 1.1 [with object] (Of a horse) throw (a rider) off its back.More example sentences
- Diving into the nearby meadow, she could do nothing but glance up in horror as the horse reared and tossed its rider onto a grassy patch beside her.
- My three year old stud colt had tossed me right in the middle of the arena.
- Zimmerman was tossed to the ground and was hit slightly by a passing horse when he attempted to get to the inside rail.
- 1.2 [with object] Throw (a coin) into the air in order to make a decision between two alternatives, based on which side of the coin faces uppermost when it lands: we could just toss a coin [no object]: he tossed up between courgettes and tomatoes and courgettes wonMore example sentences
- It was a try - I never put my foot in touch - but the linesman was tossing the coin for decisions all game so I didn't know what he'd say.
- Archie is an indecisive Englishman who can only make a decision after tossing a coin.
- If you were a quantum mechanic tossing a coin, it would land on the table, but no particular side would be facing up until you looked at it.
- 2Move or cause to move from side to side or back and forth: [no object]: the trees tossed in the wind [with object]: the yachts were tossed around like toys in the harbour (as adjective, in combination -tossed) tempest-tossed and shipwrecked marinersMore example sentences
- I could tell his leg was broken by the way it didn't move with the rest of him as he tossed and turned, I could tell it was hurting just to do so.
- I tossed and turned, not due to any specific problem, but in retrospect, I realize I was worried about him going to school.
- I could not get to sleep last night, I just tossed and turned until I finally did fall asleep at about 6: 30AM.
- 2.1 [with object] Jerk (one’s head or hair) sharply backwards: Paula pursed her lips and tossed her head she stood up, tossing her hair out of her eyesMore example sentences
- Nicole voiced in confusion, her newly blonde-streaked brown hair swishing as she tossed her head up to look at us.
- The light breeze caught her hair and sent it flying backwards as she tossed her head.
- She tossed her long hair backwards and gallantly stood awaiting my reaction.
- 2.2 [with object] Shake or turn (food) in a liquid, so as to coat it lightly: toss the pasta in the sauceMore example sentences
- Shake skillet, tossing beans to coat with oil, garlic, and breadcrumbs.
- Later, the girls all sat down for a rather light meal consisting of chicken, curry, tossed salad, and baked potatoes.
- Drizzle dressing over chicken mixture, tossing to coat salad ingredients evenly.
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- 1An act or instance of tossing something: a defiant toss of her head the toss of a coinMore example sentences
- Come on, this whodunit tale is quite engrossing with its frequent tosses, turns and twists.
- He was probably sitting upright in bed, his untidy brown hair, that I teased never had seen a hair brush before, in a horrifying mess, from all the tosses and turns he made in his sleep.
- He blocked errant pitches in the dirt, expertly framed borderline tosses, turning them into strikes and worked masterfully with pitchers.
- 1.1 (the toss) The action of tossing a coin as a method of deciding which team has the right to make a particular decision at the beginning of a game: Somerset won the toss and chose to batMore example sentences
- In three of them, the team winning the toss won the games.
- It goes without saying any team which wins the toss will choose to bat.
- Winning the toss isn't such a blessing here - in nine games, the team losing the toss has won on seven occasions, including the last five ODIs.
give (or care) a toss
- [usually with negative] British • informal Care at all: I don’t give a toss what you thinkMore example sentences
- Not that Lewisham council appears to give a toss about Catford, mind…
- For the first time, women are now edging towards the possibility of not giving a toss how popular a moisturiser might be, and of leading lives which have neither time nor need for cuticle remover.
- This is, of course, because the council stopped giving a toss at some point in the 1980s, and the place has teetered on the brink of closure ever since.
take a toss
- Fall off a horse: I took a heavy toss when my horse fellMore example sentences
- And I remember him taking a toss, which would have killed any ordinary man, when riding after a pig at the Stud Farm at Saharunpur.
- The recent showers that lashed the city saw several bike riders taking a toss and four-wheelers skidding out of control.
- Not knowing how to negotiate the lip of the dune, I took a toss and landed in the soft sand.
toss one's cookies
- North American • informal Vomit.More example sentences
- People might want to see you drunk and having a good time but nobody wants to see you tossing your cookies into the potted plant in the corner.
- When a number of us landlubbers became quite seasick, Victor decided it would be funny to capture the experience on film and began taking photos of his employees tossing their cookies overboard.
- So we ended up going to this Chinese restaurant, and to cut a long story short, I wasn't even able to manage to take three mouthfuls before running to the ladies room and tossing my cookies.
tossing the caber
- see caber.
toss a pancake
- Turn a pancake by flipping it into the air so that it lands in the pan on its opposite side.More example sentences
- A number of North-west teams - including Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and Oldham Athletic - entered the contest to race across a 200 metre course tossing a pancake as they ran.
- l Pupils at St Mary's Primary School also celebrated Shrove Tuesday in traditional style, negotiating an obstacle course while tossing a pancake.
- Any excuse for a party, so long as I don't have to toss a pancake or kiss a church bell ringer.
toss something off
- Produce something rapidly or without thought or effort: some of the best letters are tossed off in a burst of inspirationMore example sentences
- Some level of effort went into making this album… it wasn't tossed off, but that's maybe more of a damnation than a praise.
- I find it kinda funny that when I feel at my worst and post, no one seems to say anything, but when I toss something off in a mini-haze combination of tired and mildly down, everyone's there.
- The songs - the best they have written since Some Girls in '78-sound as if they were tossed off, like rock 'n' roll is supposed to.
- Drink something rapidly or all at once: Roger tossed off a full glass of SauternesMore example sentences
- The other was dawdling with the bottle, and Martin refused to wait for him, tossing the glass off in a gulp and refilling it.
early 16th century: of unknown origin.