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tossverb [T]

 us   /tɔs/
to ​throwgently or ​easily: He tossed his ​dirtyclothes on the ​floor. Matthew tossed the ​ball to his ​brother. When you toss ​food, you ​gentlymixsmallpieces of it together or with a ​sauce: I tossed the ​salad. If you toss ​yourhair or ​yourhead, 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 ​siderepresent one of the ​possibilities, then ​accepting the ​possibilityrepresented by the ​side that ​landsfacing up: We tossed to ​see who would go first.

tossnoun [C]

 us   /tɔs/
a ​sudden, ​quickmovement 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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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 ​mixsmallpieces of it together with a ​sauce or dressing: a tossed ​salad carrots tossed inbuttertoss a pancake UK to ​quickly and ​suddenlylift 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 ​yourhair or a ​part of ​yourbody 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.

toss verb (COIN)

C1 [I or T] (also toss sb for sth, UK also toss up) to ​throw a ​coin up into the ​air and ​guess which ​side will ​landfacing up, as a way of making a ​decision: Let's toss (a ​coin) to ​see who'll go first. "I'll toss you for it - ​heads or ​tails?"


uk   /tɒs/  us   /tɑːs/

toss noun (MOVEMENT)

[C usually singular] a ​suddenquickmovement: "I don't ​care," she ​replied with a toss of her ​head.

toss noun (THROW)

a toss of a coin an ​act of ​throwing a ​coin in the ​air and ​guessing which ​side will ​landfacingupward as a way of ​deciding somethingwin/lose the toss to ​guesscorrectly/​wrongly which ​side of a ​coin will be ​facing up when it ​lands on the ​ground after being ​thrown [C] an ​act of ​throwing something in a ​careless or ​relaxed way
(Definition of toss from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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