Definition of Toss-up

1. Noun. An unpredictable phenomenon. "It's a toss-up whether he will win or lose"

Exact synonyms: Even Chance, Tossup
Generic synonyms: Chance, Fortune, Hazard, Luck

Definition of Toss-up

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A decision in which neither choice is clearly favorable or unfavorable, or for which the outcome does not matter. ¹

2. Noun. Either of two outcomes that are equally likely. ¹

3. Noun. The toss of a coin used to decide some issue. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Toss-up

toss-up (current term)
toss-up question
toss a bone to
toss and turn
toss around
toss away
toss back
toss bombing
toss caution to the wind
toss in
toss juggling
toss one's cookies
toss one's hat in the ring

Literary usage of Toss-up

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1. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1901)
"Take up one, throw it up and quickly, catch up two and the falling one, put two aside, toss up one and catch up the other two and the falling one. ..."

2. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1879)
"Toss up, and trust to Providence. Foreman. Are all on you agreed to that, ... But seeing after all 'twas a toss-up, suppose we recommend the prisoner to ..."

3. The Æneid of Virgil by Virgil (1910)
"... Pushing against a tree-trunk; his swift thrusts Would tear the winds in pieces; while his hoofs Toss up the turf and sand, rehearsing war. ..."

4. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett, David Jardine by Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett, David Jardine (1816)
"... and you to toss up, which should go back U> Canning?—It was an indifferent person said. To end dispute, you had better toes up. ..."

5. Oliver Optic's Magazine by Oliver Optic (1875)
"I. Throw up the jack, pick up one bag, and catch the jack as it falls, toss up both and catch the jack ; so on with all the bags. ..."

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