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 (tôs, tŏs)
v. tossed, toss·ing, toss·es
1. To throw lightly or casually or with a sudden jerk: tossed the shirt on the floor. See Synonyms at throw.
a. To throw or propel upward: The bull tossed him over the fence.
b. To throw or propel to the ground: The horse tossed its rider.
c. To cause to move from side to side or up and down: boats that were tossed by the storm.
d. To move or lift (the head) with a sudden motion.
3. To mix (food) lightly so as to cover with dressing or sauce: toss a salad.
4. To discuss informally; bandy: tossed the idea around.
a. To flip (coins) in order to decide an issue.
b. To flip coins with: I'll toss you to see who goes first.
a. To put in a given position, condition, or situation: tossed the suspect in jail.
b. To throw away; discard: I tossed the newspaper after reading it.
c. To disqualify or eject: The starter was tossed for throwing illegal pitches.
1. To be thrown here and there; be flung to and fro or up and down: The canoe tossed about on the waves.
2. To move about restlessly; twist and turn: toss in one's sleep.
3. To flip a coin to decide an issue.
a. The act of tossing something: the toss of a hat.
b. The distance that something is or can be tossed.
2. An abrupt upward movement, as of the head.
3. A flipping of a coin to decide an issue: The home team won the toss and elected to receive.
Phrasal Verbs:
toss down Informal
To drink in one draft by suddenly tilting.
toss off Informal
1. To drink up in one draft.
2. To do or finish quickly or casually: tosses off a blog entry every other day.
toss (one's) cookies
To vomit.

[Middle English tossen, possibly of Scandinavian origin.]

toss′er n.
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1. To send through the air with a motion of the hand or arm:
Informal: fire.
2. To move vigorously from side to side or up and down:
3. To swing about or strike at wildly:
4. To twist and turn, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment:
5. To impair or destroy the composure of:
Informal: rattle.
6. To throw (a coin) in order to decide something:
Idiom: call heads or tails.
phrasal verb
toss around
To speak together and exchange ideas and opinions about:
bandy (about), discuss, moot, talk over, thrash out (or over), thresh out (or over).
Informal: hash (over), kick around, knock about (or around).
Slang: rap.
phrasal verb
toss down or off
Informal. To take into the mouth and swallow (a liquid):
Informal: swig.
Slang: belt.
An act of throwing:
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Use a laser pointer (never let it shine in his eyes), a feather wand toy, a catnip toy, or just crinkle paper up that you can toss down a hallway or stairs for your cat to play and hunt.
I didn't have the heart to watch my cat getting herself killed, and the livestock still needed their breakfast, so I hung the rifle by its shoulder strap on a nail on the wall next to the pole, climbed the steps to the hayloft, and busied myself pulling bales apart to toss down to the cows at the other end of the bam, then filling the water trough for the geese in the adjacent building at upper-floor ground level.
With a new contract in his back pocket, a spring in his step and England's most expensive footballer on his teamsheet, boss Manuel Pellegrini (right) watched Manchester City strut their way to victory and toss down a gauntlet to their title rivals.