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on a/the toss of a/the coin

1. Literally, based on the outcome of a coin toss (i.e., the 50% chance that it will be either heads or tails). The team who starts off with the ball is always decided on the toss of a coin. We both wanted the last slice of pizza, so we're letting the outcome be determined on a toss of a coin.
2. By extension, purely at random; relying entirely on chance. New restaurants come and go in this area, their fates essentially decided on the toss of a coin. The economy is such an unpredictable beast that it seems to change on a toss of a coin.
See also: coin, of, on, toss

coin it (in)

slang To earn a lot of money, usually quickly. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. That company has such a great product that it's no surprise they're coining it in.
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two sides of the same coin

Two things that seem disparate but are actually related. I've always felt that environmentalism and human rights are actually two sides of the same coin.
See also: coin, of, same, side, two

be two sides of the same coin

To be two things that seem disparate but are actually related. I've always felt that environmentalism and human rights are actually two sides of the same coin.
See also: coin, of, same, side, two

coin a phrase

To create a new expression. Don't try to coin a phrase, just write a straightforward headline.
See also: coin, phrase

to coin a phrase

A set phrase said after one uses a new expression. It is typically used jocularly to indicate the opposite (i.e. that one has just used a well-known or trite saying). Well, we can't do anything about it now, so que sera sera, to coin a phrase.
See also: coin, phrase

coin money

To earn a very large amount of money, especially by doing something very successfully. We'll be coining money if we can manage to secure a trading partner in China. I hear Sarah been coining money with sales from her latest novel.
See also: coin, money

be coining it

slang To be earning a lot of money, usually quickly. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. That company has such a great product that it's no surprise they're coining it in.
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do some fine coin

slang To make a lot of money. Despite always thinking that his latest invention will do some fine coin, Andrew is still broke—no surprise there!
See also: coin, fine

pay (someone) back in (their) own coin

To seek revenge on someone by treating them in the same negative manner as they treated one. If he's been giving you the cold shoulder, just pay him back in his own coin and start ignoring him for a while. See how he likes it. The party, now a minority in parliament, has been paying the new majority back in their own kind by stifling their legislation initiatives at every opportunity.
See also: back, coin, own, pay

be different sides of the same coin

To be two things that seem disparate but are actually related. I've always felt that environmentalism and human rights are different sides of the same coin.
See also: coin, different, of, same, side

be opposite sides of the same coin

To be two things that seem disparate but are actually related. I've always felt that environmentalism and human rights are opposite sides of the same coin.
See also: coin, of, opposite, same, side

different sides of the same coin

Two things that seem disparate but are actually related. I've always felt that environmentalism and human rights are different sides of the same coin.
See also: coin, different, of, same, side

opposite sides of the same coin

Two things that seem disparate but are actually related. I've always felt that environmentalism and human rights are opposite sides of the same coin.
See also: coin, of, opposite, same, side

other side of the coin

The opposing view to something. I'd love to go out with you tonight, but on the other side of the coin, I could use some extra sleep too.
See also: coin, of, other, side

coin a phrase

Fig. to create a new expression that is worthy of being remembered and repeated. (Often jocular.) He is "worth his weight in feathers," to coin a phrase.
See also: coin, phrase

do some fine coin

Sl. to make a large sum of money. When I get my big break, I'm going to do some fine coin. Richard did some fine coin on that last housepainting job.
See also: coin, fine

pay someone back

 
1. . Lit. to return money that was borrowed from a person. You owe me money. When are you going to pay me back? You must pay John back. You have owed him money for a long time. You have to pay back everyone you owe money to.
2. Fig. to get even with someone [for doing something]. I will pay her back for what she said about me. Fred eventually will pay Mike back. He bears grudges for a long time. He intends to pay back everyone who has wronged him!
See also: back, pay

pay something back (to someone)

to repay someone. I paid the money back to Jerry. Can I pay back the money to George now? Please pay the money back now.
See also: back, pay

coin money

Also, mint money. Make a great deal of money easily or very quickly. For example, With a monopoly on the market he could coin money, or These highly motivated realtors just about enable the agency to mint money. This hyperbolic expression dates from the mid-1800s.
See also: coin, money

other side of the coin

The opposite aspect, as in I know you'd like to go, but the other side of the coin is that someone has to stay with the baby or The subscription is expensive, but the other side of the coin is that it's an excellent publication . This term replaced the older other side of the medal or other side of the shield about 1900.
See also: coin, of, other, side

pay back

1. Repay a debt or a loan, as in I'll pay you back next month.
2. Also, pay back in someone's own coin. Revenge oneself, repay in kind, as in He thought he could get away with copying my plans, but I'll pay him back in his own coin . This expression refers to repaying a debt in exactly the same currency in which the money had been lent. [c. 1600]
See also: back, pay

a coin toss

AMERICAN
If you describe a something as a coin toss, you mean that there is an equal chance of either of two things happening. Will he play well or will he play badly? It's always a coin toss with him. It's a coin toss as to whether you're going to see a legal challenge.
See also: coin, toss

the other side of the coin

COMMON If you are discussing a subject or situation and you mention the other side of the coin, you mean the opposite aspect of that subject or situation. Of course, I get lonely when my husband is away but the other side of the coin is the amazing freedom of not having to please anybody except myself. We're all used to seeing the glamour of celebrity. What I wanted to show was the other side of the coin — the loneliness and the stress. Note: Adjectives such as opposite, reverse, and flip are sometimes used instead of other. Hate is the opposite side of the coin to love, and often co-exists with love in a relationship. Compare with two sides of the same coin.
See also: coin, of, other, side

pay someone back in their own coin

OLD-FASHIONED
If someone has treated you badly or unfairly and you pay them back in their own coin, you treat them in exactly the same way that they have treated you. The European Community had even released lists of American unfair trade practices, paying us back in our own coin. Note: `Coin' is an old-fashioned word for currency.
See also: back, coin, own, pay

two sides of the same coin

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opposite sides of the same coin

If two things are two sides of the same coin or opposite sides of the same coin, they are closely related to each other and cannot be separated, even though they seem to be completely different. I've always felt that tragedy and comedy are two sides of the same coin. Love and hate are the opposite sides of the same coin. Compare with the other side of the coin.
See also: coin, of, same, side, two

to coin a phrase

You say to coin a phrase to show that you are using an expression that people will know. Stunned Jackson was, to coin a phrase, `sick as a parrot'. Note: To coin a new word means to invent it or use it for the first time. In this expression, the term is being used ironically.
See also: coin, phrase

the other side of the coin

the opposite or contrasting aspect of a matter. Compare with the reverse of the medal (at medal).
See also: coin, of, other, side

pay someone back in their own coin

retaliate by similar behaviour.
See also: back, coin, own, pay

to coin a phrase

1 said ironically when introducing a banal remark or cliché. 2 said when introducing a new expression or a variation on a familiar one.
See also: coin, phrase

ˈcoin it (in)

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coin ˈmoney

(informal) (normally used in progressive tenses) earn a lot of money: They must be really coining it at that cafe on the corner. You can hardly get a seat at any time of day.
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to coin a ˈphrase

used for introducing an expression that you have invented or to apologize for using a well-known idiom or phrase instead of an original one: Oh well, no news is good news, to coin a phrase.
See also: coin, phrase

the other side of the ˈcoin

the other aspect of the situation; a different or opposite way of looking at a situation: Third World countries receive a lot of money from developed countries, but the other side of the coin is that they have to spend this money on expensive imports.
See also: coin, of, other, side

toss a ˈcoin

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ˈtoss for something

(especially British English) (also flip a ˈcoin, ˈflip for something usually both American English ) throw a coin in the air in order to decide something: Right, who’s going to wash the dishes tonight? Shall we toss a coin?
Before the coin is thrown, one person chooses either ‘heads’ (= the side of the coin marked with a head) or ‘tails’ (= the other side). If the side chosen lands upwards this person wins the toss and the other person loses.
See also: coin, toss

two ˌsides of the same ˈcoin

used to talk about two ways of looking at the same situation: According to some people, great opportunity and great danger are two sides of the same coin.
See also: coin, of, same, side, two

pay back

v.
1. To return some amount of money that has been borrowed: Will you pay back the $60 I gave you last month? They finally paid the money back.
2. To repay someone an amount of money: I might not have enough money to pay them back. We need to pay back the bank.
3. To reward or punish someone for something: After all their hard work, the team was paid back with a victory. After they beat us, we paid them back by winning the series.
See also: back, pay

coin

n. money. (see also hard coin, do some fine coin.) He made a lot of coin on the last picture.

do some fine coin

tv. to make a large sum of money. When I get my big break, I’m going to do some fine coin.
See also: coin, fine

hard coin

n. lots of money. (see also coin.) Old Freddie is earning some hard coin these days.
See also: coin, hard

the other side of the coin

One of two differing or opposing views or sides.
See also: coin, of, other, side
References in classic literature ?
As I ran down the streets to the sea, the coin clenched tight in my fist, I felt all the Roman Empire on my back as well as the Carstairs pedigree.
Then William Cecil Clayton, Lord Greystoke, removed his hand from beneath the coat, and with a coin tight pressed within his palm where none might see it, he looked at Jane Porter.
You know Colombo, and how the native boys dive for coins in the shark-infested bay.
He began trifling with the new set of coins and the little brushes immediately; languidly looking at them and admiring them all the time he was speaking to me.
If there is a discount on that coin, I am sorry, but I am not going to make it good.
Without deigning to look at the assemblage a second time, Monsieur the Marquis leaned back in his seat, and was just being driven away with the air of a gentleman who had accidentally broke some common thing, and had paid for it, and could afford to pay for it; when his ease was suddenly disturbed by a coin flying into his carriage, and ringing on its floor.
agents de change = stockbrokers; napoleon = gold coin worth twenty francs}
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To pass from theological, and philosophical truth, to the truth of civil business; it will be acknowledged, even by those that practise it not, that clear, and round dealing, is the honor of man's nature; and that mixture of falsehoods, is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.
And the countess, trying to conceal the action from herself and from him, slipped a gold coin into his hand and always returned to the patient with a more tranquil mind.
I looked with considerable secret distrust at the four gentlemen who were to instruct me in the art of making false coin.
Once when the waiter was about to depart with an empty tray, the man drew a coin from his pocket and held it forth.
If not in coin you must pay in humiliation of spirit for every benefit received at the hands of philanthropy.
She caught Saxon's free hand, and Saxon felt a small hot coin pressed into it.
Hollis advanced towards Karain, who stood up as if startled, and then, holding the coin up, spoke in Malay.