argue the toss

argue the toss

To dispute something. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Their decision to fire me was unfair, and I will argue the toss until the day I die!
See also: argue, toss

argue the toss

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone argues the toss, they waste their time by arguing about something which is not important or which cannot be changed anyway. While London and Paris were still arguing the toss, the whole situation changed. He would wake suddenly, ready to argue the toss with anyone. Note: This may refer to someone tossing a coin in the air in order to reach a decision.
See also: argue, toss

argue the toss

dispute a decision or choice already made. informal, chiefly British
The toss in this phrase is the tossing of a coin to decide an issue in a simple and unambiguous way according to the side of the coin visible when it lands.
See also: argue, toss

ˌargue the ˈtoss

(British English, informal) continue to disagree about a decision, especially when it is too late to change it or it is not very important: Look, just do it your way. I’ve got better things to do than stand here all day arguing the toss with you.
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People can argue the toss - excuse the pun - all day long whether darts is a sport or not.
He continued to argue the toss with the official who eventually awarded a penalty point against the Australian during the changeover when he trailed 2-5, meaning he began the eighth game already 0-15 behind.
It's nothing personal and the devil has a point but to actually argue the toss these days is akin to opening the gates of social media hell.
Manchester City argue the toss with referee Cueneyt Cakir after Fernandinho (right) was shown the red card.
And, not only do they have a problem with adhering to it in the first place, some pupils and parents then want to argue the toss - and refuse to accept that they should make the changes asked of them, whether it's to shoes, socks, hairstyles or whatever.
If they are advised the covenants are unenforceable they may argue the toss with their employers and see who blinks first.
We can bank that and move on and argue the toss about the rest until the cows come home.
Order, don't argue the toss with the chair Mr Mulholland.
You can argue the toss about political issues until the cows come home, but the important thing for us expats is the right to vote.
Alan Barton, Harrogate IC SAYS: I reckon just about everyone is sick of seeing prima donnas argue the toss on EVERY decision refs make.
And at six foot six, you are unlikely to want to argue the toss with the former British Lion and Newcastle Falcons rugby player who is now the firm's commercial director, and whose towering reputation has helped to sell the business north of the Border.
The one advantage the Europhobes possess is foot soldiers, people who'll stand up and argue the toss.
PEOPLE will argue the toss about Camelot's St Leger for years to come but most will probably agree it was a chance worth taking since the context was not simply the prospect of a first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky, but an unprecedented nap hand of British Classics for his stable.
We can all argue the toss about the veracity of the comment but its utterance was spectacularly ill-conceived.
But after that we can - and no doubt will - all argue the toss to our hearts' content.