- 1 [with object] Throw (something) somewhere lightly, easily, or casually: Suzy tossed her bag onto 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(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.
- 1.2Throw (a coin) into the air in order to make a decision between two alternatives, based on which side of the coin faces up when it lands: we could just toss a coinMore 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.
- 1.4Move or cause to move from side to side or back and forth: [no object]: the tops of the olive trees swayed and tossed [with object]: the yachts were tossed around in the harbor like toys [as adjectivein combination]: (-tossed) wind-tossed lakesMore 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.
- 1.5Jerk (one’s head or hair) sharply backward: Paula pursed her lips and tossed her headMore 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.
- 1.6Shake or turn (food) in a liquid, so as to coat it lightly: toss the pasta in the sauceMore example sentences
shake, stir, turn, mix, combine
- 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 action 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: we’d win the toss and keep the ballMore 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.
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 something off
- 1Drink 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.
- 2Produce 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.
- More example sentences
- You may think that I am just a useless coin tosser, but actually this has some profound implications for the role of chance in our lives.
- From the moment Vaughan won the toss - no longer a luckless tosser - England didn't look or take a step backward.
- They filed past in groups: drummers and cymbal players, rice tossers, pot bearers, flag bearers; dressed in embroidered waistcoats, they danced as they moved, stepping left and then right and then leaning down to the ground.
early 16th century: of unknown origin.