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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!
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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.
See also: argue, toss
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There was no way I could have argued the toss and told him that it wasn't so much couldn't grasp it as wouldn't because the subject bored me bandy.
LET OFF THE HOOK: Manchester United keeper Fabian Barthez escaped with a yellow card after kicking out at Paul Harte to concede a penalty - but he still argued the toss with referee Graham Barber; A WORD IN YOUR EAR: Leicester's Robbie Savage lets rip at grounded Livepool ace Gary McAllister
As finance ministers argued the toss on how errant bankers are to be reined in, traders decided that, at least for the time being, they should go under weight on financials.
He argued the toss over every refereeing decision when he was a player and he's still at it long after he has hung up his boots.
Not believing that a picnic of the above once in a while would set them onto the path of decaying teeth - "I'll really have to make sure I brush their mikies tonight" - or, god forbid, turn them into kids made of sugar and spice and all things extra bloody nice, I argued the toss for a little bit, jokingly at first, before we reached the crux of the issue.
Previously he would have argued the toss if fouls were given against him.