a coin flip

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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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.
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.
Hart lost a coin flip with Saugus earlier in the day, giving the Centurions first crack at COC.
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.
And even though there was no record of past discrimination in Piscataway's public schools, the board said race was a factor in keeping the black teacher rather than deciding by, say, a coin flip.
But when the time came to determine tiebreakers for a handful of local teams that shared titles, the outcome of a coin flip loomed larger than any result they produced on the court.
All my girls played as tough as they could and earned every point that they could because they wanted to secure second place even if it was in a tie because they'd rather lose in a coin flip than lose outright,'' Werthmann said.
Coin toss: The Angels won a coin flip Tuesday and will host the Oakland Athletics in a one-game playoff for the AL West title, if necessary.
I really believe that if I had these girls for another month, we could play San Pedro to five games and from there, it would be a coin flip,'' Taft coach Arman Mercado said.
Three Marmonte League teams - Moorpark, Westlake and Thousand Oaks - are battling for the final two playoff berths in boys' water polo, but a coin flip will not make the determination.
A coin flip made Cleveland High of Reseda the West Valley League's top seed to the City Section boys' basketball playoffs, where a rematch with rival Taft of Woodland Hills might await in the second round.
For playoff purposes, a coin flip will decide who the first- and second-place teams are.
If that happens, a coin flip will decide the Golden League's second- and third-place teams.
Mike Epstein kept the Woodland Hills tournament run going in net play at the City Senior, shooting 70-72 to tie for first place in B flight at 142 before losing on a coin flip to Robert Alley (70-72) of Mountain Vista GC.