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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JON WALTERS and Robbie Brady flipped a coin to see who would inherit Robbie Keane's famous No10 shirt.
"So we flipped a coin for it and I ended up getting it.
One participant who marked that 3000 of 5000 flips was more likely to occur seemed to contradict that answer with the explanation: "It seems more likely that if you flipped a coin that many times (5000) that it would be closer to 50/50, where as 3 out of 5 isn't far away from 50/50."
We flipped a coin to decide whether we'd name it NACORE/IDRC or IDRC/NACORE.
It was actually at Pflugerville ditch where Chris and I flipped a coin to see who would play bass and who would play guitar after we had just started going to Raul's.
AN AMERICAN judge has ordered a retrial after a jury flipped a coin to convict a man of murder.
After they ransacked his flat, one of them flipped a coin to decide if he should shoot the 22-year-old student.
The 34-year-old, who won EUR600,000 in the Aussie and British versions of the show, flipped a coin to decide the answer to his EUR4,000 question - and got it wrong.
A JUDGE has ordered a retrial after jurors who couldn't decide whether to convict a man of murder or manslaughter flipped a coin to reach a verdict.