toss a coin

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toss a coin

1. Literally, to throw a coin into the air, with the outcome of something dependent on which side of the coin lands face-up. My brother and I used to toss a coin to decide everything when we were kids.
2. By extension, to give something over to chance, especially when two outcomes are equally likely. At this point, we're just flipping a coin whether the car will get us the whole way to Denver or not.
See also: coin, toss

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
References in classic literature ?
I know of an instance where a shopkeeper tossed a coin back to an American lady with the remark, snappishly uttered,
TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer.
A total of 84 teams took on the challenge with Emmanuel College, Gateshead, taking the title when judges tossed a coin as they could not split the teams.
I remember one particular day when I tossed a coin with myfriend, Lloyd, from Swansea, to see who would go with the major first.
It has been two years now since he tossed a coin and he knows he will never, ever flip one into the air again.
Brucie's paying as we tossed a coin and I won, '' chuckled Allardyce.
They wanted to travel outside Europe, so they tossed a coin for New York or Rio de Janeiro.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday tossed a coin to determine the interim trash-hauling service to the new Oak Park subdivision of Regency Hills.