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toss
American English: /tɔs/
, /tɑs/
British English: /tɒs/

Translation of toss in Spanish:

noun

  • 1.1 (throw) give the salad a toss
    mezcla la ensalada
    with a toss of his head
    con un movimiento brusco de la cabeza
    echando la cabeza hacia atrás
    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.
    1.2 (of coin) See examples: to decide something on o by the toss of a coin
    decidir or sortear algo a cara o cruz or (a cara o sello etc)
    see also toss 3 2to win/lose the toss
    ganar/perder en el sorteo
    not to give a toss (British English) [slang]I don't give a toss what you think
    a mí me importa un pito [colloquial] or [vulgar] carajo lo que pienses
    to argue the toss (British English)
    seguir discutiendo

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (throw)
    (pancake)
    darle la vuelta a
    (lanzándolo al aire)
    they tossed their bags into the corner
    tiraron or (in Colombia, Mexico, Peru also) aventaron las maletas en el rincón
    he tossed the stick into the river
    lanzó or tiró el palo al río
    she tossed the letter aside contemptuously
    apartó la carta bruscamente y con desprecio
    let's toss a coin
    echémoslo a cara o cruz or (Andes) (Venezuela) a cara o sello or (Argentina) a cara o ceca or (Mexico) a águila o sol
    the bull tossed the matador
    el toro volteó al matador
    this horse has never tossed a rider
    este caballo no ha volteado or derribado a ningún jinete
    1.2 (agitate)
    (boat/passengers/cargo)
    1.3

    toss (back)

    (move abruptly)
    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.
    1.4 (Cookery)
    (salad)
    to toss something in flour (British English)
    rebozar algo en harina
    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.
    1.5
    (American English) [colloquial]
    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.

intransitive verb

  • 1.1 (be flung about)
    agitarse
    sacudirse
    (boat)
    bambolearse
    to toss and turn
    dar vueltas
    (en la cama)
    1.2 (flip coin)
    echar una moneda a cara o cruz or (Andes) (Venezuela) a cara o sello or (Argentina) a cara o ceca or (Mexico) a águila o sol
    to toss for somethingwe tossed for the last apple
    nos jugamos la última manzana a cara o cruz ( or a cara o sello etc)
    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.
    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.

Phrasal verbs

toss away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
[colloquial]
(chance/opportunity)

toss back

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(drink) [colloquial]
tomarse
bajarse [colloquial]

toss off

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (drink)
tomarse
1.2 (produce quickly, easily)
(essay/letter)
mandarse (Colombia) (Southern Cone) [colloquial]
he can toss off an article in half an hour
en media hora te escribe or (Colombia) (Southern Cone) [colloquial] se manda un artículo
1.3 (masturbate)
(British English) [vulgar]
hacerle la or una paja a [vulgar]
2verb + adverb
(British English) [vulgar]
hacerse or (Chile) (Peru) correrse la or una paja [vulgar]

toss out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(get rid of) [colloquial]
botar or (Spain) (River Plate area) tirar (a la basura)

toss up

1verb + adverb 1.1 (vomit)
(American English) [colloquial]
1.2 (British English) toss 3 2
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (vomit)
(American English) [colloquial]

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