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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Ahmed Raza, whose passion for football runs deep, saw his dreams become a reality when Coca-Cola Pakistan provided him with the opportunity to conduct the coin-toss for the match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
A 15-year-old Pakistani conducted the coin-toss for the match between Brazil and Costa Rica on Friday at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
Levitt points out that the coin-toss experiment provided a way to isolate change itself as the reason for greater happiness.
By purchasing a pint of Heineken, fans can gain entry into a knockout game of heads and tails - with the winner having the chance to attend the official coin-toss at a World Cup match and to watch the fixture.
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.
However, neither Australian skipper Michael Clarke nor his English counterpart Alistair Cook are likely to go against conventional wisdom if their side of the coin faces the sky, with Siddle saying that the conditions and wickets will play a part in the coin-toss.
OUT-OF-CONTROL ego Clare Balding doing The Boat Race umpire Matthew Pinsent's job for him by explaining the coin-toss to the crews.
I've used some modification of this coin-toss activity with several variations of a leaf-shredder lab (after Sparkes et al., 2008).
Wales Millennium Centre's restaurant and lounge bar, ffresh, is giving customers the chance to eat for free - if they win a new coin-toss challenge.
Wales Millennium Centre's restaurant and lounge bar, ffresh, is giving customers the chance to eat free of charge if they win a new coin-toss challenge next Tuesday.
The team that wins the coin-toss can win the game on a touchdown;
If you feel there is any element of a "coin-toss" outcome to your position, then you should simply not be in the trade.
The experiments evaluated were the coin-toss model, the dice roll model, the replacement model and the decreasing volume model.
McGee took over at a time when it was a 50/50 coin-toss whether a New York cop would win or lose his gunfight.