Definition of toss noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tɒs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːs//
    , NAmE//tɑːs//
    [usually singular]
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    of coin
  1. 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)
  2. of head
  3. 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.
  4. throw
  5. 3an act of throwing something, especially in a competition or game a toss of 10 metres
  6. Word Originearly 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
    not give a toss (about somebody/something)
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    (British English, slang) to not care at all about somebody/something Nobody gives a toss what you think!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: toss