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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
toss
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
toss a salad (=mix it all together, usually with a dressing)
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
about
▪ He set off, more slowly this time, but all the same she was being tossed about on the seat.
▪ Could I stay here when his dear body is tossed about in the waves?
▪ Listlessly she tossed about, unable to sleep, her mind reliving all that had been said tonight.
▪ Nothing is worse for anyone, including leaders, than being tossed about by an effort out of control.
▪ A pure white butterfly tossed about in the light on the edge of the lake.
▪ Things tossed about, drawers emptied out, jewelry and other valuables taken.
▪ Here, almost any topic under the sun was likely to be tossed about in the course of a morning's talk.
▪ Restless at night with the fever, for ever tossing about.
around
▪ And if it was tossed around more than a couple of weeks ago, the thread might have expired.
▪ Schizophrenia was not a word I tossed around about Clarisa, though I knew that was what she suffered from.
▪ It would have been inconceivable for exchange control to be tossed around and knocked around in Cabinet.
▪ The map tore, and tore again, as he tossed around in the backseat.
▪ As a power forward, Taylor was tossed around like a throw pillow by his Heat counterpart Anthony Mason.
aside
▪ And which, of course, are casually tossed aside whenever the overriding concept of money enters the picture.
▪ How many old people are tossed aside after giving up decades of their lives to the same job?
▪ Its flowers she stuck through a split in her hat; the rest she tossed aside.
▪ But behind the scenes, gentle greyhounds are often just exploited, abused and then tossed aside when their fleetness fades.
away
▪ Everything she had tried to achieve for herself during the last four years would have to be tossed away, useless.
▪ In most cases, you need to break down and combine your sentences, tossing away words as you do.
▪ These benefits can not be tossed away lightly.
▪ They tossed away their diet books and tried instead to eat according to their bodies' own advice: hunger and cravings.
▪ He tossed away the sketch, kicked off his sandals, then pulled off his socks and rolled up his trouser legs.
▪ After a brief time of happiness as a Christmas tree, it was tossed away and eventually burned.
off
▪ This inscription had been made to look tossed off, like handwriting.
▪ I might have tossed off my usual quick explanation.
▪ He was stretched out on his back, his sheet tossed off, completely naked and heedless.
▪ He sat, tossing off his coat, locking his hands around his knees and rocking.
▪ Neither are ethnic jokes, which are tossed off casually and somewhat cruelly.
▪ Melinda Mullins -- a presence to remember -- plays the prima donna, Hilary, who tosses off an insult a minute.
out
▪ Within minutes of being tossed out, the soaking fabrics became stiff boards.
▪ Ever since term limits were tossed out, there has been no limit to the ebullience of their target, Willie Brown.
▪ That example was tossed out during the 1950s, when McCarthyites took issue with it.
▪ He tossed out Lee Chapman, who then became a major force in the Leeds team that won the League last season.
▪ Voters have tossed out the coalition of young, idealistic, inexperienced and fractious liberal parties that won in 1996.
▪ He recently was tossed out of a game midway through the first period, having accumulated 37 PIMs.
■ NOUN
air
▪ He pulled a scrap of meat from the cutlet in his hand and tossed it into the air.
▪ They whooped and cried, they banged pots and pans, they tossed confetti into the air.
▪ Jeremiah comes running and squeals with delight as Dad tosses him in the air and spins him around his shoulders.
▪ He tossed one into the air, then the other.
ball
▪ He has no one to play ball with and tosses his ball against the wall in a most despondent fashion.
▪ He stepped around the center and nearly had Banks down when the quarterback tossed the ball away.
▪ In fact, the scrum-half almost cost his side a try when he tossed the ball behind him.
▪ One of them tossed a ball high in the air with a screech of laughter.
▪ The game was all but lost when the captain tossed the ball to me and asked me to turn my arm.
bed
▪ She could hear her tossing restlessly in the bed, as muted sobs escaped from her dreams.
▪ Perhaps in one of these rooms John lay and tossed on a bed of fever.
▪ It had been tossed into a bed of nettles against the wall of the churchyard.
▪ Then her eyes slowly began to focus and she realised that they hadn't just been tossed on to the bed.
coin
▪ I tossed a coin with Bill Wall for this, and won.
▪ Like tossing a coin to decide on a man's life.
▪ Torn between passing the letter to Alice or Amelia, Robert tossed a coin and settled on the latter.
▪ Next he tossed a small coin on to the coffin.
▪ Athelstan tossed her a coin and asked her to bring a fresh tankard and some wine whilst he roused Sir John.
hair
▪ When she tossed her head her hair fell around her shoulders and upper arms in a lovely auburn cascade.
▪ Jazz tossed his hair back for the first time to take in what was going on.
▪ I tossed my hair and glided on to the stage.
▪ Automatically, she tossed back her hair and smiled.
▪ She tossed her short black hair.
▪ She sat down at the table for two Roman had selected, and tossed her hair back from her face.
head
▪ She checked the labels, shook her head, tossed the bottles back one at a time.
▪ I half-offered it, but Melanie shook her head so I tossed it reluctantly on to the fire.
▪ Benjamin studied these carefully, shook his head and tossed them back.
salad
▪ The dressing is great tossed with a salad of lettuce, broccoli florets, zucchini and yellow pepper slices.
▪ He tossed the salad tableside in big wooden bowls with much theatrical flair and the customers were entranced.
side
▪ Sir John had spent a restless night, tossing from side to side in his great double bed.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
throw/toss your hat into the ring
toss/flip a coin
▪ We like to get out a map, and flip a coin to decide where to go.
▪ Eddie DeBartolo and Carmen Policy: Flip a coin.
▪ Given those odds, claims Salsburg, one might as well flip a coin.
▪ I tossed a coin with Bill Wall for this, and won.
▪ If memory serves, we actually went into the hall and flipped a coin.
▪ Like tossing a coin to decide on a man's life.
▪ The customer wanted to flip a coin about paying the price for a photo of his daughter.
▪ Torn between passing the letter to Alice or Amelia, Robert tossed a coin and settled on the latter.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ He tossed her last week's edition of the "Herald".
▪ Pour the marinade over the mushrooms and toss them lightly.
▪ The fire was started when a passing motorist carelessly tossed a cigarette out of his car.
▪ The hot dog tasted funny, so I tossed it.
▪ The kite was being tossed by the wind.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And the mare, as if finally understanding, begins to strain, tosses her head wildly, pulls at the reins.
▪ As I tossed the bag down the ladder well, the warrant stepped back.
▪ Finding none, she poured soda and salt into the crease of her folded hand and tossed both into the flour.
▪ Graham tossed the paperback on to the opposite couchette and made his way to the dining car.
▪ Many enjoy the convenience of popping an imitation burger in the microwave or tossing a tofu dog on the grill.
▪ More than 150 farmers and hauliers tossed ideas around.
▪ Normally serene palms toss their woolly mop heads like distraught grieving women who can not take any more suffering.
▪ She tossed it aside and renewed her efforts to contact Georgie and perhaps learn more about the murder.
▪ The dressing is great tossed with a salad of lettuce, broccoli florets, zucchini and yellow pepper slices.
▪ Therefore they are never perfectly at ease and may toss and turn in bed.
II.noun
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
argue the toss
throw/toss your hat into the ring
toss/flip a coin
▪ We like to get out a map, and flip a coin to decide where to go.
▪ Eddie DeBartolo and Carmen Policy: Flip a coin.
▪ Given those odds, claims Salsburg, one might as well flip a coin.
▪ I tossed a coin with Bill Wall for this, and won.
▪ If memory serves, we actually went into the hall and flipped a coin.
▪ Like tossing a coin to decide on a man's life.
▪ The customer wanted to flip a coin about paying the price for a photo of his daughter.
▪ Torn between passing the letter to Alice or Amelia, Robert tossed a coin and settled on the latter.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ George faked a toss to Kaufman, and ran in for a touchdown.
▪ With a toss of her head, she walked out of the room.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And at Chelmsford Northants are batting after winning the toss against Essex.
▪ Gooch won an important toss, put West Indies in, and before long five wickets were down for 29.
▪ I don't give - toss how long he's had to learn the part or how difficult it's been.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Toss

Toss \Toss\, n.

  1. A throwing upward, or with a jerk; the act of tossing; as, the toss of a ball.

  2. A throwing up of the head; a particular manner of raising the head with a jerk.
    --Swift.

Toss

Toss \Toss\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tossed ; (less properly Tost ); p. pr. & vb. n. Tossing.] [ W. tosiaw, tosio, to jerk, toss, snatch, tosa quick jerk, a toss, a snatch. ]

  1. To throw with the hand; especially, to throw with the palm of the hand upward, or to throw upward; as, to toss a ball.

  2. To lift or throw up with a sudden or violent motion; as, to toss the head.

    He tossed his arm aloft, and proudly told me, He would not stay.
    --Addison.

  3. To cause to rise and fall; as, a ship tossed on the waves in a storm.

    We being exceedingly tossed with a tempest.
    --Act xxvii. 18.

  4. To agitate; to make restless.

    Calm region once, And full of peace, now tossed and turbulent.
    --Milton.

  5. Hence, to try; to harass.

    Whom devils fly, thus is he tossed of men.
    --Herbert.

  6. To keep in play; to tumble over; as, to spend four years in tossing the rules of grammar. [Obs.] --Ascham. To toss off,

    1. to drink hastily.

    2. to accomplish easily or quickly.

    3. to say in an offhand manner; as, to toss off a comment.

    4. to masturbate; -- British slang.

      To toss the cars.See under Oar, n.

Toss

Toss \Toss\, v. i.

  1. To roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion; to write; to fling.

    To toss and fling, and to be restless, only frets and enrages our pain.
    --Tillotson.

  2. To be tossed, as a fleet on the ocean.
    --Shak.

    To toss for, to throw dice or a coin to determine the possession of; to gamble for.

    To toss up, to throw a coin into the air, and wager on which side it will fall, or determine a question by its fall.
    --Bramsion.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
toss

mid-15c., "to lift or throw with a sudden movement," of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (compare dialectal Norwegian tossa "to strew, spread"). Food preparation sense (with reference to salad, etc.) is recorded from 1723. Intransitive sense "be restless; throw oneself about" is from 1550s. Related: Tossed; tossing.

toss

"an act of throwing," 1630s, from toss (v.). Meaning "a coin toss" is from 1798.

Wiktionary
toss

n. 1 A throw, a lob, of a ball etc., with an initial upward direction, particularly with a lack of care. 2 (context cricket football English) 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. 3 (context British slang English) A jot, in the phrase 'give a toss'. vb. 1 To throw with an initial upward direction. 2 To lift with a sudden or violent motion. 3 To agitate; to make restless. 4 To subject to trials; to harass. 5 To flip a coin, to decide a point of contention. 6 To discard: to toss out 7 To stir or mix (a salad). 8 (context British slang English) To masturbate 9 (context transitive informal English) To search (a room or a cell), sometimes leaving visible disorder, as for valuables or evidence of a crime. 10 (context intransitive English) To roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion. 11 (context intransitive English) To be tossed, as a fleet on the ocean. 12 (context obsolete English) To keep in play; to tumble over. 13 (cx rowing English) To peak (the oars), to lift them from the rowlocks and hold them perpendicularly, the handle resting on the bottom of the boat.

WordNet
toss
  1. v. throw or toss with a light motion; "flip me the beachball"; "toss me newspaper" [syn: flip, sky, pitch]

  2. lightly throw to see which side comes up; "I don't know what to do--I may as well flip a coin!" [syn: flip]

  3. throw carelessly; "chuck the ball" [syn: chuck]

  4. move or stir about violently; "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed" [syn: convulse, thresh, thresh about, thrash, thrash about, slash, jactitate]

  5. throw or cast away; "Put away your worries" [syn: discard, fling, toss out, toss away, chuck out, cast aside, dispose, throw out, cast out, throw away, cast away, put away]

  6. agitate; "toss the salad"

toss
  1. n. the act of flipping a coin [syn: flip]

  2. (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team; "the pass was fumbled" [syn: pass, flip]

  3. an abrupt movement; "a toss of his head"

Wikipedia
Töss (river)

The Töss is a river of the Canton of Zürich. It rises in the Zürcher Oberland, flows along the Töss Valley (Tösstal) past Winterthur, and joins the Rhine at Tössegg near Teufen.

Töss

Töss is a district in the Swiss city of Winterthur. It is district number 4.

The district comprises the quarters Schlosstal, Dättnau, Eichliacker and Rossberg.

Töss was formerly a municipality of its own, but was incorporated into Winterthur in 1922.

It is named after the river Töss which flows through the district.

Toss (2007 film)

Toss is a 2007 Telugu film written and directed by Priyadarshini Ram. The film stars Upendra, Raja, Kamna Jethmalani, and Priyamani in prominent roles. The film was released on 14 July 2007. This is the first film in India to be shot with the Thompson Viper Filmstream Camera.

Toss (2009 film)

Toss is a 2009 Bollywood Hindi movie directed by Ramesh Khatkar.

Toss is VJ Rannvijay Singh's debut film and the second film starring Prashant Raj, who was previously seen in as Raj in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.

Toss (cricket)

In the sport of cricket, a coin is tossed to determine which team bats first. This is known as the toss.

Before play begins, the captain of each side will inspect the pitch. Based on the pitch and weather conditions, the captains select their final eleven players. If the pitch is soft or dusty, the captain will tend to select more spin bowlers; if the pitch is hard, the choice tends to favour fast bowlers at the expense of spinners.

Half an hour before the start of play, the two captains convene and exchange team selection sheets. These list the composition of each side, which cannot be changed for the duration of the match. Then, with the supervision of the umpires, a coin is tossed to determine who bats first. The umpire's call of play marks the official beginning of the match. If the match is abandoned at any time after the toss, it stands as a match played and enters official statistical records. If a match is abandoned before the toss, it is not considered to have been played at all, and does not count for records.

The captain who wins the toss must choose whether to bat or field. The decision is of great tactical importance, and the captain will have considered many variables before arriving at his decision. Because of the different natures of the games, it is considerably more common to choose to bat second in one-day cricket than it is in Test cricket.

From 2016 in the England County Championship there will be no mandatory toss, with the away side having the choice if they wish to field first. If the away side declines to field first, the toss will still take place.

Toss (2015 film)

Toss (formerly Ondu Roopayalli Eradu Preethi) is an upcoming Indian Kannada-language film starring actor Vijay Raghavendra, Sandeep and Ramya Barna in the lead and directed by noted film maker Dayal Padmanabhan. This film, under the banner of D Pictures and Om productions was launched by Puneet Rajkumar on 27 January 2012. Taking cue from Kamal Haasan and the Malayalam film industry, director and producer Dayal Padmanabhan is planning to release this Kannada film Toss online on 11 September, the day he plans to release it at the theaters.

Usage examples of "toss".

Using a tossed coin to make sure she chose the piles randomly, she buried one acorn in the first and the other in the second.

McDermitt shut his eyes for an instant after tossing a grenade to the deck of the aft compartment.

He left the price of admission on the little desk to his left and as an afterthought, tossed in something for the lock.

He looked a bit banged up, and his clothes were still a bit sodden, obviously from having been tossed into the river by Aileron of the Harpers Bizarre.

Beyond that tossing waste of water he knew Alata lay and although he realized that the centuries of his life had brought inevitable change, he was filled with such a longing for the land of his birth that it seemed his heart would burst.

Presently the canoe came alongside and two or three dozen large albacore were tossed on deck.

Waiting until their attention was focused on the next toss, Alec slipped across to the other side.

Ripping off his cloak, Alec gathered the hem of it in one hand and tossed the other end at the upthrust corner, hoping to catch it with the hood.

My uncle, as he gasped and tossed in increasing perturbation and with eyes that had now started open, seemed not one man but many men, and suggested a curious quality of alienage from himself.

When he frowned instead of returning her brilliant smile, Alienor tossed her hair.

The cloth was empty except for the things Alman had just tossed onto it.

After removing the plates holding the round section of floor in place, Amad pulled it up into the closet and tossed it to the side.

Lady Ansa grabbed one that had rolled across the room and tossed it to Gina, who grinned her thanks.

But while he basked in his new happiness I travelled in my close stuffy envelope to Dulminster, and after having been tossed in and out of bags, shuffled, stamped, thumped, tied up, and generally shaken about, I arrived one morning at Dulminster Archdeaconry, and was laid on the breakfast table among other appetising things to greet Mrs.

The dream turned Argan into dust, I tossed him up into the air, and the breeze that came through the window we call Bheid blew the dust that was Argan away.