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And to my mind, it is a toss up which will make the girl the happier—Mackenzie or Hawke.

It was just a toss up whether I became an Artist or an Auctioneer.

And to laugh about it, and toss up her goldpiece and catch it with her other hand!

Maybe I'll have to toss up a penny to find out which I'd better take.

Then we'll toss up an' th' lucky man gets it to use as he wants.

Will you be so obliging as to toss up a crown-piece, while I call?'

It was a toss up at one time between that and the skipping-rope.

Now, I will toss up this pebble, and when it strikes the surface of the water we will fire.

At length it was agreed they should toss up which should make the attempt.

It ain't worth while, gentlemen, to toss up for positions, is it?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Norwegian tossa "to strew, spread"). Related: Tossed; tossing. Food preparation sense (with reference to salad, etc.) is recorded from 1723. The noun meaning "an act of throwing" is first recorded 1650s. Tosspot "heavy drinker" is from 1560s. Toss-up "even matter" first recorded 1809, from earlier sense of "a flipping of a coin to arrive at a decision" (c.1700). Tosser as a term of contempt in British slang is recorded from 1977, probably from slang toss off "masturbate" (1969); cf. jerk (n.).

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