a coin flip

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a coin flip

1. Literally, the act of throwing a coin into the air, with the outcome of something dependent on which side of the coin lands face-up. We figured the fairest way was to do a coin flip to see who should keep Dad's old stamp collection.
2. By extension, a situation in which two outcomes, usually opposites, are equally likely and will be decided by chance. At this point, it's really just a coin flip whether we'll be able to recoup our costs from this project or not.
See also: coin, flip
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Bush's appearance for the coin flip, which was followed by Atlanta Falcons' Matt Bosher's kick at about 6:36 p.
Individuals whose virtual coin turned up heads were 25 percent more likely to make a change than those whose coin flip yielded tails.
IT looks like a coin flip at Wembley - so let's use our heads and punt Watford.
Hugh-Jones uses the well-known coin flip experiment, where subjects report the result of a coin flip and are offered money for reporting "heads," and a new experimental paradigm: an online quiz in which subjects were able to cheat in a way that the researchers could detect.
People felt more strongly that they should give the money when a reward depended on the judgment of the other person rather than a coin flip," Dunning said.
The runners have been given the option of a runoff or a coin flip and if they disagree, a runoff will be held.
Or take my SnG run of late, loss on a coin flip followed by loss on a coin flip, followed by - actually I haven't got the words to waste any more.
LAYERS rate Fernando Verdasco slight favourite to beat Fernando Gonzalez in today's Malaysian Open semi-finals, but there's little in the pair's record to suggest that the match is anything but a coin flip, writes Dave Horgan.
Among guests at the ceremony was former Buddy Holly guitarist Tommy Allsup, who was the winner of a coin flip with Valens to see who would ride on the plane and who would ride on a bus.
By employing a coin flip as a manipulation of stricter anonymity, participants in all four conditions can easily break the game's rules by forging their coin-flip results without being identified.
The best strategy is to hold fire until after the coin flip and get your bet on whoever bats first.
Fifth-seeded MIT (14-12, 6-7), forced to come here and meet the fourth-seeded Cougars after losing a coin flip after Clark's victory over the Engineers on Saturday, next has the unenviable task of playing top-seeded WPI at 1 p.
Teams are chosen and a coin flip decides who bats first.
There, my standard illustration is a coin flip-quantum events, I often say are random like the result of a coin flip, unpredictable in advance.
The most embarrassing occurred on Thanksgiving Day, when, in a tie game between Pittsburgh and Detroit, officials bungled the coin flip preceding overtime and awarded the ball to the wrong team, which then scored to win the game.