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"toss" in British English

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tossverb

uk   /tɒs/  us   /tɑːs/
  • toss verb (THROW)

C2 [T usually + adv/prep] to throw something carelessly: He glanced at the letter and then tossed it into the bin. The bull tossed him up into the air. [+ two objects] Andrew tossed him the ball.

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  • toss verb (FOOD)

[T] When you toss food you shake or mix small pieces of it together with a sauce or dressing: a tossed salad carrots tossed in butter
toss a pancake UK
to quickly and suddenly lift the pan in which a pancake (= a thin, flat, round cake) is cooking so that the pancake goes up into the air and turns over before falling back into the pan
  • toss verb (MOVE)

[T] If you toss your hair or a part of your body you move it up and back suddenly: She tossed her head in annoyance. She tossed back her hair.
toss and turn C2 [I]
to move about from side to side or turn a lot in bed, especially because you cannot sleep: I was tossing and turning all night.

tossnoun

uk   /tɒs/  us   /tɑːs/
(Definition of toss from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"toss" in American English

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tossverb [T]

 us   /tɔs/
to throw gently or easily: He tossed his dirty clothes on the floor. Matthew tossed the ball to his brother.
When you toss food, you gently mix small pieces of it together or with a sauce: I tossed the salad.
If you toss your hair or your head, you move it suddenly: The girl tossed her hair out of her eyes.
toss a coin
If you toss a coin, you choose between two possibilities by throwing a coin into the air and letting each side represent one of the possibilities, then accepting the possibility represented by the side that lands facing up: We tossed to see who would go first.

tossnoun [C]

 us   /tɔs/
a sudden, quick movement or throw: "I don’t care," she replied with a toss of her head.
(Definition of toss from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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