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 (tôs′ŭp′, tŏs′-)
n. Informal
1. An even chance or choice: It is a tossup whether we will win or lose.
2. The flipping of a coin to decide an issue.


(ˈtɔsˌʌp, ˈtɒs-)

1. the tossing of a coin to decide something by its fall.
2. an even choice or chance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tossup - an unpredictable phenomenontossup - an unpredictable phenomenon; "it's a toss-up whether he will win or lose"
fortune, hazard, luck, chance - an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another; "bad luck caused his downfall"; "we ran into each other by pure chance"
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