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flip 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 flip a coin to decide everything when we were kids.
2. By extension, to give something over to chance, especially when two opposite 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, flip
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According to the Election Code, when two or more candidates for the same position receive an equal number of votes, the board of canvassers will proceed with drawing of lots, or flipping a coin.
there is no skill in flipping a coin. all competitors in a coin-tossing tournament are equal.
Other chance-based tiebreakers have occurred in recent years, such as in Alaska in 2006, when candidates in a Democratic primary for a Statehouse seat broke a tie by flipping a coin. Senate Minority Whip William Payne, a Republican from Albuquerque, New Mexico, also won a primary race by aAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA coin toss
You don't need to be a mathematician or a Vegas card shark to know that, when all things are equal, the probability of flipping a coin and guessing which side lands up correctly is 50-50.
This distribution describes, among other things, the odds in flipping a coin. If you flip a fair coin 60 times, you are most likely to obtain 30 heads (H) and 30 tails (T), but getting 29 H and 31 T or 32 H and 28 T would not be all that uncommon.
Royal Mint employees, along with their families and friends, broke the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people simultaneously flipping a coin
Those who defend EGC or a weighted lottery say that we must give the smaller group a chance to be saved, by flipping a coin or spinning a wheel.
"It was a sad way to go out but it was the last time a European match was decided by flipping a coin and everyone who cares about our beautiful game will be thankful for that.
On question five regarding the coin and dice game, 49 (45.4%) correctly stated that rolling a five after flipping a coin was most likely, but 43 (39.8%) indicated that all choices were equally likely.
Take turns flipping a coin and moving the bikes according to the instructions.
To me, it is the same as flipping a coin, '' said Prof Schwartz.
The commercial shows a man walking through his house, engaging in games of chance for advice-such as flipping a coin or using an eight ball.
A CONVICTED killer is to stand trial again after the jury decided he was guilty by flipping a coin.
Settling the deadlock by flipping a coin is also acceptable.
He walks down and, standing at the apex [of the Flat Iron Building], he's flipping a coin."