Toss meaning

tôs, tŏs
The definition of a toss is a throw or fling of something, or a flip of a coin.

An example of a toss is a throw of a baseball glove onto the stoop.

An example of a toss is a flip of coin to decide which team goes first.

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Toss is defined as to throw lightly, or to mix together ingredients to cover them with salad dressing or a sauce.

An example of to toss is to gently throw a ball onto the grass.

An example of to toss is to mix together salad greens and a dressing.

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To throw lightly or casually or with a sudden jerk.

Tossed the shirt on the floor.

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To mix (food) lightly so as to cover with dressing or sauce.

Toss a salad.

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To discuss informally; bandy.

Tossed the idea around.

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To be thrown here and there; be flung to and fro or up and down.

The canoe tossed about on the waves.

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To move about restlessly; twist and turn.

Toss in one's sleep.

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To flip a coin to decide an issue.
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An abrupt upward movement, as of the head.
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A flipping of a coin to decide an issue.

The home team won the toss and elected to receive.

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To throw or pitch about; fling here and there; buffet.

A boat tossed by a storm.

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To mix lightly the parts or ingredients of (esp. a salad)
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To disturb; agitate; disquiet.
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To throw (in various senses); specif., to throw upward, lightly and easily, from the hand.
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To throw in or bandy (ideas, remarks, etc.)
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To lift quickly; jerk upward.

Tossing her head in disdain.

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To toss a coin with (someone) for deciding something according to which side will land uppermost.
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To get rid of; throw away; discard.
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To be flung to and fro; be thrown about or pitched about.
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To fling oneself about in sleep, etc.; be restless in bed.
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To move or go impatiently, angrily, or disdainfully, as with a toss of the head.
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To toss a coin, as in letting chance decide something.
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A tossing or being tossed; a throw, fling, pitch, etc.
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The distance that something is or can be tossed.
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A throw, a lob, of a ball etc., with an initial upward direction, particularly with a lack of care.
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(cricket, soccer) The toss of a coin before a cricket match in order to decide who bats first, or before a football match in order to decide the direction of play.
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(UK, slang) A jot, in the phrase 'give a toss'.

I couldn't give a toss about her.

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To throw with an initial upward direction.

Toss it over here!

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To lift with a sudden or violent motion.

To toss the head.

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To agitate; to make restless.
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To subject to trials; to harass.
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To flip a coin, to decide a point of contention.

I'll toss you for it.

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To discard: to toss out.

I don't need it anymore, you can just toss it.

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To stir or mix (a salad).

To toss a salad; a tossed salad.

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(UK, vulgar, slang) To masturbate.
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(informal) To search (a room or a cell), sometimes leaving visible disorder, as for valuables or evidence of a crime.

"Someone tossed just his living room and bedroom." / "They probably found what they were looking for."

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(intransitive) To roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion.

Tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep.

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(intransitive) To be tossed, as a fleet on the ocean.

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toss (one's) cookies
  • To vomit.
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toss off
  • To make, do, write, etc. quickly, casually, and without effort.
  • To drink up in one draft.
  • To masturbate.
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Origin of toss

  • Middle English tossen possibly of Scandinavian origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition