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1. To return something by throwing it. A noun or pronoun is used between "toss" and "back." He tried to toss the ball back to the others across the river, but it landed in the water instead. I reeled in the fish, but it was too small, so I tossed it back.
2. To cast, fling, or jerk something backward. A noun or pronoun can be used between "toss" and "back." She tossed her head back and howled with laughter. I tossed back my arm so he couldn't reach the book in my hand.
3. To drink something very quickly or in one swig, especially an alcoholic beverage. A noun or pronoun can be used between "toss" and "back." I'm not surprised you feel so horrible, judging by the way you were tossing back drinks last night. Let me just toss this soda back, and I'll be ready to go.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
toss someone or something back
1. to throw or force someone or something backward. The blast tossed me back into the room. The blast tossed back the emergency personnel.
2. to throw someone or something back to where someone or something came from. My father always threatened to toss me back where I came from, the way a fish is returned to the water. I will toss back all the undersize fish.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To return something with a toss: The children on the other side of the fence asked me to toss back the baseball. The catcher tossed the ball back to the pitcher.
2. To fling something, such as a body part, backward: She tossed back her head and laughed. The child tossed his arms back and ran down the hill.
3. To return some fish to the water after catching it: As sport fishermen, we toss back most of the fish we catch. The fish was too small, so I had to toss it back.
4. Slang To drink something quickly, especially in one draft by suddenly tilting: The bartender tossed back a shot of whiskey. I tossed my coffee back and left the restaurant.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.