toss off(redirected from toss one off)
1. To cast, fling, or jerk something off of someone, something, or oneself. A noun or pronoun is usually used between "toss" and "off." The foreman reprimanded the carpenter for tossing tools off the roof of the house they were working on. He tossed off the other team's defensive tackle and ran forward for a touchdown. Tommy keeps tossing off his blankets during the night and waking up freezing cold.
2. To take an article of clothing off and cast it away from oneself. A noun or pronoun is usually used between "toss" and "off." He rushed in the door and tossed his jacket off. We tossed off our shoes and socks and ran headlong toward the sea.
3. To do, accomplish, or complete something very quickly, effortlessly, or carelessly. A noun or pronoun is usually used between "toss" and "off." Once I got used to the format, I was able to toss off three to four articles a day for the website. The director and his film studio are renowned for tossing movies off at an incredible pace, though their quality is often reflected in that speed.
4. To drink something very quickly or in one swig, especially an alcoholic beverage. A noun or pronoun can be used between "toss" and "off." I'm not surprised you feel so horrible, judging by the way you were tossing off drinks last night. Let me just toss this soda off, and I'll be ready to go.
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toss someone or something off (of) somethingand toss someone or something off
to hurl someone or something from something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The gigantic ape was going to toss the woman off of the Empire State Building. The ape did not toss off the woman.
toss something off
1. Lit. to throw something off (of oneself). Bob coughed so hard he tossed his blanket off. Tom tossed off his jacket and sat down to watch television.
2. Fig. to ignore or resist the bad effects of something. John insulted Bob, but Bob just tossed it off. If I couldn't toss off insults, I'd be miserable.
3. Fig. to produce something easily or quickly. I tossed that article off in only an hour. Joe just tossed off a few words and left the room.
4. Fig. to drink a drink very quickly. He tossed a few beers off and left. He tossed off a beer.
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1. Do readily or without effort, as in Asimov was amazing, tossing off book after book. [Mid-1800s]
2. Also, toss down. Consume quickly, especially a drink in one draft. For example, He tossed off the beer and headed for the door, or She tossed down one glass after another. [Late 1500s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To remove clothing quickly or carelessly: We tossed off our mittens and sat down to eat. I tossed my clothes off and threw on a swimsuit.
2. To do or finish something effortlessly or casually: The author tossed the book off in under a month. I tossed off an article and submitted it to the magazine.
3. Vulgar Slang To masturbate. Used of males.
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toss something off
1. tv. to do something quickly without much time or effort. It was no big deal. I tossed it off in thirty minutes.
2. tv. to drink something quickly. He tossed it off and ordered another.
3. tv. to ignore criticism; to ignore defeat or a setback. She just tossed it off like nothing had happened.
4. tv. to resist or fight off a disease. I caught a little cold, but I tossed it off right away.
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