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verb toss pronunciation in British English /tɒs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletossing
past tensetossed
past participletossed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to throw something somewhere gently or in a slightly careless way
    She smiled at me, tossing her coat onto the chair.
    Brendon tossed the ball into the air.
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      toss up

      [intransitive/transitive] to throw a coin into the air and make a decision based on which side the coin falls on
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to make something move up and down or from side to side
    The little boat was tossed roughly by the waves.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to mix food with a liquid so that it becomes covered in the liquid
    Can you toss the salad for me?
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    toss out

    mainly American
    [transitive] informal to get rid of something because you do not want or need it


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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