- 1an act of throwing a coin in the air in order to decide something The final result was decided on/by the toss of a coin. to win/lose the toss (= to guess correctly/wrongly which side of a coin will face upwards when it lands on the ground after it has been thrown in the air) of head
- 2toss of your head an act of moving your head suddenly upwards, especially to show that you are annoyed or impatient She dismissed the question with a toss of her head. throw
- 3an act of throwing something, especially in a competition or game a toss of 10 metres Word Origin early 16th cent.: of unknown origin.Extra examples England won the toss and chose to kick off. The order of play was decided by the toss of a coin. The team captains called the toss. The venue will be decided on the toss of a coin.Idioms (British English, informal) to continue to disagree about a decision, especially when it is too late to change it or it is not very important (British English, slang) to not care at all about somebody/something Nobody gives a toss what you think!