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Definition of toss verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//tɑs//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they toss
    he / she / it tosses
    past simple tossed
    -ing form tossing
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  1. 1[transitive] to throw something lightly or carelessly toss something + adv./prep. I tossed the book aside and got up. toss something to somebody He tossed the ball to Anna. toss somebody something He tossed Anna the ball. Thesaurusthrowtoss hurl fling chuck lob pitchThese words all mean to send something from your hand through the air.throw to send something from your hand or hands through the air:Some kids were throwing rocks at the window. She threw the ball and he caught it.toss to throw something lightly or carelessly:She tossed her jacket onto the bed.hurl to throw something violently in a particular direction:Rioters hurled a brick through the car's windshield.fling to throw something somewhere with a lot of force, especially because you are angry or in a hurry:She flung the letter down onto the table.chuck (informal) to throw something carelessly:I chucked him the keys.lob (informal) to throw something so that it goes high through the air:She lobbed the ball over the net.pitch (in baseball) to throw the ball to the batterPatterns to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck/lob/pitch something at/to somebody/something to throw/toss/fling/chuck something aside/away to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck/lob/pitch a ball to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck rocks/a brick to throw/toss/hurl/fling something angrily to throw/toss something casually/carelessly
  2. your head
  3. 2[transitive] toss something to move your head suddenly upward, especially to show that you are annoyed or impatient She just tossed her head and walked off.
  4. side to side/up and down
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] to move or make someone or something move from side to side or up and down Branches were tossing in the wind. I couldn't sleep but kept tossing and turning in bed all night. toss somebody/something Our boat was being tossed by the huge waves.
  6. in cooking
  7. 4[transitive] toss something to shake or turn food in order to cover it with oil, butter, etc. Drain the pasta and toss it in melted butter. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss well.
  8. coin
  9. 5[transitive, intransitive] to throw a coin in the air in order to decide something, especially by guessing which side is facing upward when it lands synonym flip Let's toss a coin. related noun toss-up
  10. throw out
  11. 6[transitive] toss something (out) to get rid of something If your T-shirt rips, just toss it.
  12. Idioms
    toss your cookies (informal)
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    to vomit
    Phrasal Verbstoss somethingbacktoss something intoss somethingoff
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