a coin flip

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a coin flip

1. Literally, the act of throwing a coin into the air, with the outcome of something dependent on which side of the coin lands face-up. We figured the fairest way was to do a coin flip to see who should keep Dad's old stamp collection.
2. By extension, a situation in which two outcomes, usually opposites, are equally likely and will be decided by chance. At this point, it's really just a coin flip whether we'll be able to recoup our costs from this project or not.
See also: coin, flip
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"I thought the coin flip might have a bearing and doggone, sometimes I hate to be right," Horton mused.
The Redskins won the coin flip and chose to defer giving the ball to Central A&M Raiders.
They of course brought along the Stanley Cup and it was placed at midfield during the coin flip.
Oregon won the coin flip and promptly went three-and-out.
They were joined by Herrin after Post 645's game against Murphysboro was halted by darkness in a tie and settled by a coin flip. Herrin was drubbed by eventual-champion Steeleville Post 480, 10-0, in the first round.
Drew Bledsoe and Jon Morris, who were inducted to the Patriots Hall of Fame on Saturday, took part in the coin flip and were recognized at halftime.
The playoff picture is cloudy in most local leagues, and some champions and playoff teams might not be determined until the results of a coin flip are announced following tonight's games.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- Speedskater Shani Davis didn't attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics after losing a coin flip to carry the U.S.
WORCESTER - When it comes to stopping the Worcester State offense, opponents may choose to skip the exotic fronts, blitzes and zone schemes, and go straight to the coin flip.
Two of those three teams would qualify for the playoffs, and a coin flip would be held to determine which teams are in and which one is out.
The USOC, clearly aware a tie was possible, let it be known before the games that a coin flip would be used to decide the winner if that happened.
Ayer, which won a coin toss with Worcester Tech, would have traveled to West Boylston for the third time this season to play the Lions for a fourth time, had it lost the coin flip and earned the 10th seed.
I've heard Portland was named after a coin flip. True?
The 49ers sent a second-round pick (either the 41st or 43rd overall, pending the results of a coin flip) for Garoppolo and his expiring contract.
Narragansett and Worcester Tech are tied for the fifth spot with 166 power-rating points - determined by wins and strength of schedule - with the seeds to be determined by a coin flip today.