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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Residents do not know what accounts for the anomaly, but many think it might all just be a coincidence, like a run of coin flips turning up heads.
Topics range from a secret government research team investigating why coin flips are no longer 50/50, to a band whose song is suddenly adopted by white nationalists as a racist anthem, to a couple considering a procedure that allows the pain of childbirth to pass from women to men.
Luck favored Joni in a best-of-five coin flips after equalizing with rival Jim Valerio with 16, 694 vote counts.
He discusses topics that he can demonstrate with a scientific example, chat about in English, and illuminate with high school algebra or coin flips or illustrate with a simulated example.
Each scene is a double-sided coin, presenting the happy and the sad, which becomes a middle ground of bittersweet lifetimes as the coin flips.
TEHRAN (FNA)- People's ability to make random choices or mimic a random process, such as coming up with hypothetical results for a series of coin flips, peaks around age 25, according to a study.
Confused, Heart resorts to a coin flip. Part II plays out in a series of theoretical coin flips where heads is dating Troy and tails is dating Ryan.
When we reached the blind several arguments and coin flips determined who would sit where.
When they have two losses in coin flips at poker, they erroneously start thinking the next one is likely to be a win.
Participants in two reward conditions can obtain the book coupon (the monetary reward) by getting two tails in two coin flips, whereas those in two nonreward conditions have no clear stake in this coin-flip assignment.
But Gilovich, employing an exhaustive analysis of the 1980-81 Philadelphia 76ers, shows this belief is an illusion, akin to trying to discern a pattern in a series of random coin flips and then predicting what the next flip will bring.
There could be as much drama in a couple coin flips as there is in the games during the final night of the football regular season this evening.
But my results show that the original order of baseball games (analogous to the first table of coin flips) is significantly more likely to contain long hitting streaks than the random order of baseball games (analogous to the second table of coin flips).
Captain Michael Vaughan overturned his poor form at the toss ( he had lost 16 of his 22 coin flips in Tests previously ( to allow his side first use of a surface which traditionally offers pace and bounce.
Captain Vaughan had lost 16 of his 22 coin flips prior to this contest and all three in the series to date but called correctly and decided to make first use of a surface which traditionally provides pace and bounce.