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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A COIN-TOSS will take place between various counties today to determine home advantage for three of the Allianz National Hurling League quarter-finals and a relegation play-off.
Kirkheaton gained a place in the second round of the Heavy Woollen Cup, after winning a coin-toss to put out Keighley this week.
Both counties agreed to a coin-toss for home advantage despite having played at the neutral venue of Nowlan Park in the Leinster semi-finals of 2003 and 2006.