a coin flip

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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After consulting with attorneys, Executive Director Suzanne Fahnestock said the county's election division will break the tie with a coin flip at 9 a.m.
"This isn't a police procedure, to bring a coin flip - whether it's an app or an actual coin toss - that's not part of that decision making to decide to take someone's freedom," he said, NBC News (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/georgia-officers-terminated-after-caught-camera-using-coin-toss-app-n895066) reported.
In Oriental Mindoro province, a coin flip broke a tie for SK chair at Barangay Camilmil.
IT looks like a coin flip at Wembley - so let's use our heads and punt Watford.
Hugh-Jones uses the well-known coin flip experiment, where subjects report the result of a coin flip and are offered money for reporting "heads," and a new experimental paradigm: an online quiz in which subjects were able to cheat in a way that the researchers could detect.
"People felt more strongly that they should give the money when a reward depended on the judgment of the other person rather than a coin flip," Dunning said.
The runners have been given the option of a runoff or a coin flip and if they disagree, a runoff will be held.
Or take my SnG run of late, loss on a coin flip followed by loss on a coin flip, followed by - actually I haven't got the words to waste any more.
EGC evaluates these courses of action according to the deliberative process used (e.g., a coin flip) and its fit with the action done subsequently.
What could be done to make educators more likely to consider serving as the control group for a year or more, based on a coin flip?
There, my standard illustration is a coin flip-quantum events, I often say are random like the result of a coin flip, unpredictable in advance.
And even though there was no record of past discrimination in Piscataway's public schools, the board said race was a factor in keeping the black teacher rather than deciding by, say, a coin flip. The Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit cried foul, ruling that Taxman's firing violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that race can only be used to remedy past discrimination.
Or a coin flip. Sometime before the end of the Olympic Trials.
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.