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Definitions of toss

  1. throw or cast away; " Put away your worries"
  2. throw carelessly; " chuck the ball"
  3. move or stir about violently; " The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"
  4. ( sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team; " the pass was fumbled"
  5. the act of flipping a coin
  6. throw or toss with a light motion; " flip me the beachball"; " toss me newspaper"
  7. agitate; " toss the salad"
  8. an abrupt movement; " a toss of his head"
  9. lightly throw to see which side comes up; " I don't know what to do-- I may as well flip a coin!"
  10. To throw with the hand; especially, to throw with the palm of the hand upward, or to throw upward; as, to toss a ball.
  11. To lift or throw up with a sudden or violent motion; as, to toss the head.
  12. To agitate; to make restless.
  13. Hence, to try; to harass.
  14. To keep in play; to tumble over; as, to spend four years in tossing the rules of grammar.
  15. To roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion; to write; to fling.
  16. To be tossed, as a fleet on the ocean.
  17. A throwing upward, or with a jerk; the act of tossing; as, the toss of a ball.
  18. A throwing up of the head; a particular manner of raising the head with a jerk.
  19. To throw with the hand; to throw upward; to pitch; lift or throw up, as the head, quickly; put into violent motion; to cause to rise and fall; as, the waves tossed the vessel.
  20. To roll or tumble; be made to rise and fall.
  21. A throwing upward; a pitch; a fling.
  22. To throw up suddenly or violently: to cause to rise and fall: to make restless: to agitate.
  23. To be tossed: to be in violent commotion: to tumble about: to fling.
  24. Act of throwing upward: a throwing up of the head.
  25. TOSSER.
  26. Act of tossing; jerk.
  27. To throw up; pitch; agitate violently; jerk.
  28. To tumble about; fling.
  29. To throw, pitch, or fling up or about.
  30. To throw oneself from side to side; be moved, rocked, or blown about.
  31. The act of tossing.
  32. The state of being tossed about.
  33. A throwing upward or with a jerk; the act of tossing; a throwing up of the head; a particular manner of raising the head with a jerk.
  34. To throw with the hand; to throw upward; to throw up with a sudden or violent motion; to cause to rise and fall, or to move to and fro; to agitate. To toss the oars, to throw them with their blades up in a perpendicular direction, as a salute.
  35. To fling; to roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion; to be tossed. To toss up, to throw a coin into the air and wager on which side it will fall.
  36. To throw with the hand; to throw upwards; to lift or throw up with a sudden or violent motion; to roll and tumble.

Usage examples for toss

  1. But just put yourself in my place, and think of how Lord Ralles had talked to me as if I was his servant, had refused my apology and thanks, and been as generally " nasty" as he could, and perhaps you won't blame me that, after looking through his trousers, I gave them a toss which, instead of sending them back into the hut, sent them over the edge of the trail. – The Great K. & A. Robbery by Paul Liechester Ford
  2. Probably it would be a part of his pleasure to toss a few crumbs to his wife. – In Luck at Last by Walter Besant
  3. Toss me the gun! – Sinister Paradise by Robert Moore Williams
  4. " You wouldn't think I could draw, but I can," with a proud little toss of the hair. – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  5. " Oh," she cried with a toss of her head, " it's not me you want- it's Miss LeMar, isn't it? – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  6. With a toss of her pretty head, Eppy followed her grandmother to the next room, casting a glance behind her that seemed to ask what she meant by calling a lad without shoes or stockings a gentleman. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  7. 4. " Toss it, or to the fowls, or to the flames." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  8. I'll toss this up three times. – Princess Polly At Play by Amy Brooks
  9. He threw back heavy black hair with a toss of his head and ran into the crowd that parted to let him through. – Pursuit by Lester del Rey
  10. Whoever saw earth toss up and down like that? – The Iron Star And what It saw on Its Journey through the Ages by John Preston True
  11. Sylvie read the letter once, and had great necessity of self- restraint not to toss it contemptuously and indignantly into the fire. – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  12. He used to toss him up in his arms, call to him in absurd baby language, put his face close to the baby's and draw it away again with a laugh. – Stories from Tagore by Rabindranath Tagore
  13. Nora, toss us a couple of those sofa pillows. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  14. Just toss it over to me. – The Adventure of the Cardboard Box by Arthur Conan Doyle
  15. Jane entered, with a slight toss of her head. – Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  16. Oh, don't toss me in a blanket! – Hector's Inheritance or The Boys of Smith Institute by Horatio Alger
  17. " It will be a toss up which of us will come out on top if we try that. – Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson
  18. Put the turnips in a saucepan with two or three tablespoonfuls of broth, set on a good fire, toss occasionally for about ten minutes, then add two or three tablespoonfuls of sugar, toss again now and then for ten minutes longer, and serve. – Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks by Pierre Blot
  19. It's a toss of a copper to me what you do. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  20. O dadda, dadda, take me up And toss me high! – The Trawler by James Brendan Connolly
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