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She shivered a little; then tossed her head as if to throw off the disturbing thoughts.

The belt and the guns were tossed onto the bed, and Hal Dozier sat down.

He tossed them onto the table, and Hal Dozier rolled his smoke in silence.

Then he tossed his tin dishes away and they fell clattering on the rocks.

And Yates, taking the weapon by the muzzle, tossed it as far as he could into the field.

Then she tossed the dress on the bed and started in a headlong rush to the kitchen.

He tossed and turned, but at last fell into a half-waking stupor.

After a minute or two I took the metal match-box and tossed it on to his breast.

He tossed my hand from him with a whirl, that pained my very shoulder.

That was the spirit in which I tossed up a coin to see which letter to read first.

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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