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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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Highly-paid lawyers will no doubt earn thousands arguing the toss on that one.
INSTEAD of arguing the toss over how much she does or doesn't owe, Jade should dig deep and pay up.
The club's new Spanish striker had spent the previous 10 minutes arguing the toss with boss Jocky Scott in faltering English over a free-kick that should never have been awarded.
Malbranque's only blot on an otherwise near-perfect individual display was his insipid first-half penalty, easily smothered by Ian Walker, after arguing the toss with Louis Saha for the right to take it.
Not that United will be remotely interested in the irony of it all, they'll still be arguing the toss over whether Gabriel Heinze even made contact with Ricardo Fuller's shirt before the Portsmouth striker flew headlong into the penalty area.
In my late teens, I was arguing the toss with someone who said if I was born in England then I was English to which a fellow Scot said: 'Not true.
Tens of thousands of our staff are being laid off because of cut backs and he's arguing the toss over a few thousand which to him is chicken feed.
Here we are arguing the toss over pennies when Eircom's prices are roughly a third higher.
He is in a car with Mandy, arguing the toss, when they crash.
The ref gave it anyway, Gerry Daly stuck the ball down for the penalty and suddenly there was big Joe Corrigan, City's keeper, arguing the toss and claiming the ball was much closer than the regulation 12 yards.
We'd love to know why Virgin Cars is arguing the toss over a few grand when they're in the wrong?
And 40 years after it was claimed by the Brits, whole nations like Ireland, Iceland and Denmark are still arguing the toss.
Marshy was arguing the toss with former Hammer Tony Cottee that West Ham didn't have enough strength in depth and the whole thing was getting a bit out of hand.
That's as baldly as I can put it when a funny, feisty thirty-something, with a devoted husband and two weenies who adore her, comes within a couple of hours of arguing the toss with Saint Peter.
JW I've been arguing the toss all this time with nitwits like you.