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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TOSSES UP

Having no earthly idea which way to take, he tosses up a button.

Suddenly some one tosses up a faded rosebud—a missile that should never have reached you—and straight you drop to the ground.

This he places on his fan and tosses up into the air several times while it gradually assumes the shape of an egg.

The man turns, and tosses up his arms—an Indian trick to stop pursuit.

He tosses up a penny on the little table, and covers it with my hat.

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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