toss something off

toss 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.
See also: off, toss
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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.
See also: off, something, toss
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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