toss

toss [tôs, täs]
vt.
[prob. < Scand, as in Norw dial. tossa, to spread, strew; akin to MLowG tōsen, to tear, ME ( to) tusen, to pull to pieces < IE base * dā( i)-, to part, tear > TEASE]
1. to throw or pitch about; fling here and there; buffet [a boat tossed by a storm ]
2. to mix lightly the parts or ingredients of (esp. a salad)
3. to disturb; agitate; disquiet
4. to throw (in various senses); specif., to throw upward, lightly and easily, from the hand
5. to throw in or bandy (ideas, remarks, etc.)
6. to lift quickly; jerk upward [tossing her head in disdain]
7. to TOSS UP with (someone for something): see phrase below
vi.
1. to be flung to and fro; be thrown about or pitched about
2. to fling oneself about in sleep, etc.; be restless in bed
3. to move or go impatiently, angrily, or disdainfully, as with a toss of the head
4. to TOSS UP: see phrase below
n.
1. a tossing or being tossed; a throw, fling, pitch, etc.
2. short for TOSSUP (sense 1)
3. the distance that something is or can be tossed
SYN.- THROW
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toss off
1. to make, do, write, etc. quickly, casually, and without effort
2. to drink up in one draft
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toss up
to toss a coin for deciding something according to which side lands uppermost
tosser
n.

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