a coin toss

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a coin toss

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 toss 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-toss whether we'll be able to recoup our costs from this project or not.
See also: coin, toss

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
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Both counties go through to the quarterfinals, however, where Limerick will face Clare, with home advantage to be decided by a coin toss, next weekend while Galway must travel to Wexford.
The athlete that wins the coin toss chooses the stick hold position (internal or external for the first match), and the one who chooses the external hold, shows his position (left or right) and has no right to change it.
Luger Erin Hamlin was selected as the flag-bearer on Wednesday after coin toss since she and Davis tied in votes.
Two athletes for Team USA tied for the opportunity to carry the flag during the ceremony so a coin toss was used to decide which of them would have the honor, (http://www.
Two drug suspects who used 'shabu' instead of cash to place bets in a coin toss were arrested in Pasig City on Wednesday afternoon.
Levitt presents his findings in Heads or Tails: The Impact ofa Coin Toss on Major Life Decisions and Subsequent Happiness (NBERWorkingPaper No.
The late West Ham favourite's widow Stephanie visited the Royal Mint in South Wales this week to strike one of the coins, which will take centre stage in the official coin toss in the friendly match between England and Portugal this evening.
Currently, a coin toss determines which teams kicks first on all five penalty kicks, giving a significant advantage--determined by chance--to the team that leads off.
BIRMINGHAM City scored a moral victory over deadly rivals Aston Villa today when they won the right to stage their FA Cup fourth round tie on their preferred date - with a coin toss.
This is the firstever coin toss I've ever had to decide.
A D-DAY hero whose life was saved by a coin toss in World War Two has been awarded France's highest honour.
Having failed to complete their second-round match against Bradford League Pudsey Congs and being unable to stage a bowl-out because of heavy rain, a coin toss was carried out by competition officials.
QPR's Park wouldn't shake hands with Terry at the prematch coin toss either.
The third-place tie from Saturday's women's 100 meters probably will be broken by a run-off or a coin toss before the U.
It was a coin toss lost by Sir Charles Bunbury and one that ensured what became the world's most famous Flat race would be known as the Derby.