toss (plural tosses)
- A throw, a lob, of a ball etc., with an initial upward direction, particularly with a lack of care.
- (cricket, football) The toss of a coin before a cricket match in order to decide who bats first, or before a football match in order to decide the direction of play.
- A haughty throwing up of the head.
- (British slang) A jot, in the phrase 'give a toss'.
- I couldn't give a toss about her.
- (British slang) A state of agitation; commotion.
- (Billingsgate Fish Market slang) A measure of sprats.
- French: jet
- German: Wurf
- Italian: tiro, lancio
- Portuguese: arremesso
- Russian: броса́ние
- Spanish: tiro, lanzamiento
- Italian: testa o croce, lancio moneta
- Portuguese: lançamento
- Russian: жеребьёвка
- Spanish: lanzar una moneda al aire, echar un volado
toss (tosses, present participle tossing; past and past participle tossed)
- To throw with an initial upward direction.
- Toss it over here!
- To lift with a sudden or violent motion.
- to toss the head
- 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 4, scene 1]:
- He tossed his arm aloft, and proudly told me, / He would not stay.
- To agitate; to make restless.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 8”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Calm region once, / And full of peace, now tossed and turbulent.
- To subject to trials; to harass.
- Whom devils fly, thus is he tossed of men.
- To flip a coin, to decide a point of contention.
- We should toss for it.
- I'll toss you for it.
- (informal) To discard: to toss out
- I don't need it any more; you can just toss it.
- To stir or mix (a salad).
- to toss a salad; a tossed salad.
- (British slang) To masturbate
- (transitive, informal) To search (a room or a cell), sometimes leaving visible disorder, as for valuables or evidence of a crime.
- "Someone tossed just his living room and bedroom." / "They probably found what they were looking for."
- (intransitive) To roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion.
- tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep
- (intransitive) To be tossed, as a fleet on the ocean, or as a ship in heavy seas.
- (obsolete) To keep in play; to tumble over.
- to spend four years in tossing the rules of grammar
- (rowing) To peak (the oars), to lift them from the rowlocks and hold them perpendicularly, the handle resting on the bottom of the boat.
- (British slang) To drink in large draughts; to gulp.
- French: lancer
- Italian: tirare un pallonetto
- Portuguese: jogar, arremessar, tacar, lançar
- Russian: броса́ть
- Spanish: lanzar
- French: tirer à pile ou face
- German: werfen
- Italian: tirare, lanciare una moneta, fare testa o croce
- Portuguese: tirar cara ou coroa
- Russian: подбра́сывать
- French: mélanger, fatiguer, remuer
- German: vermischen, vermengen, zusammenfügen
- Italian: rigirare, voltare, mescolare
- Portuguese: misturar
- Russian: переме́шивать
- Spanish: mezclar, revolver
- Portuguese: jogar
- plural form of TOS