a coin toss

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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time, he tweeted out his displeasure with Hamlin's selection, which ultimately came down to a coin toss.
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.
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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.
A D-DAY hero whose life was saved by a coin toss in World War Two has been awarded France's highest honour.
In the May elections, mayoral candidates in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro resorted to a coin toss to break the tie.
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.
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.
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Royal, which defeated Simi Valley on Thursday, is headed to the playoffs by virtue of a coin toss held by the schools' principals earlier in the week.
Even a coin toss, the seeming epitome of randomness, is subtly biased.
Neither angler caught a fish, however, during the allotted fish-off time and fading daylight forced a coin toss to decide who would advance.
time, the athlete from Chicago tweeted out his displeasure with Hamlin's selection, which ultimately came down to a coin toss.
CLARE manager Colm Honan (above) and his Dublin counterpart Shane O'Brien have expressed relief after a coin toss catastrophe was avoided when the Camogie Association finally agreed to a playoff between the counties on Saturday.