flip a coin

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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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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.
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.
Principals Gary Fuller from Hart and Bill Bolde from Saugus ended up flipping a coin.
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.
4%) correctly stated that rolling a five after flipping a coin was most likely, but 43 (39.
Take turns flipping a coin and moving the bikes according to the instructions.
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.