To toss off
Toss Toss, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tossed} ; (less properly {Tost} ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Tossing}.] [ W. tosiaw, tosio, to jerk, toss, snatch, tosa quick jerk, a toss, a snatch. ] 1. To throw with the hand; especially, to throw with the palm of the hand upward, or to throw upward; as, to toss a ball. [1913 Webster]

2. To lift or throw up with a sudden or violent motion; as, to toss the head. [1913 Webster]

He tossed his arm aloft, and proudly told me, He would not stay. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause to rise and fall; as, a ship tossed on the waves in a storm. [1913 Webster]

We being exceedingly tossed with a tempest. --Act xxvii. 18. [1913 Webster]

4. To agitate; to make restless. [1913 Webster]

Calm region once, And full of peace, now tossed and turbulent. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. Hence, to try; to harass. [1913 Webster]

Whom devils fly, thus is he tossed of men. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

6. To keep in play; to tumble over; as, to spend four years in tossing the rules of grammar. [Obs.] --Ascham. [1913 Webster]

{To toss off}, (a) to drink hastily. (b) to accomplish easily or quickly. (c) to say in an offhand manner; as, to toss off a comment. (d) to masturbate; -- British slang.

{To toss the cars}.See under Oar, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To throw off — Throw Throw, v. t. [imp. {Threw} (thr[udd]); p. p. {Thrown} (thr[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Throwing}.] [OE. [thorn]rowen, [thorn]rawen, to throw, to twist, AS. [thorn]r[=a]wan to twist, to whirl; akin to D. draaijen, G. drehen, OHG. dr[=a]jan, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To toss the cars — Toss Toss, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tossed} ; (less properly {Tost} ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Tossing}.] [ W. tosiaw, tosio, to jerk, toss, snatch, tosa quick jerk, a toss, a snatch. ] 1. To throw with the hand; especially, to throw with the palm of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toss off — {v. phr.} 1. To drink rapidly; drain. * /He tossed off two drinks and left./ 2. To make or say easily without trying or thinking hard. * /She tossed off smart remarks all during dinner./ * /He thinks a reporter should be able to toss off an… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • toss off — {v. phr.} 1. To drink rapidly; drain. * /He tossed off two drinks and left./ 2. To make or say easily without trying or thinking hard. * /She tossed off smart remarks all during dinner./ * /He thinks a reporter should be able to toss off an… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • toss\ off — v. phr. 1. To drink rapidly; drain. He tossed off two drinks and left. 2. To make or say easily without trying or thinking hard. She tossed off smart remarks all during dinner. He thinks a reporter should be able to toss off an article every few… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • toss off — 1) drink rapidly He tossed off a couple of drinks before he went home for the evening. 2) make or say easily without trying or thinking hard He was able to toss off the answer to the question easily when the teacher asked him …   Idioms and examples

  • toss off something — toss off (something) to do or say something quickly, easily, and sometimes without thought. He simply tossed off a comment about what women want and it got him into a lot of trouble. He had a great memory for jokes, and could just toss them off… …   New idioms dictionary

  • toss off — (something) to do or say something quickly, easily, and sometimes without thought. He simply tossed off a comment about what women want and it got him into a lot of trouble. He had a great memory for jokes, and could just toss them off one after… …   New idioms dictionary

  • toss off — verb 1. drink down entirely He downed three martinis before dinner She killed a bottle of brandy that night They popped a few beer after work • Syn: ↑pop, ↑bolt down, ↑belt down, ↑pour down, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • toss off — phrasal verb Word forms toss off : present tense I/you/we/they toss off he/she/it tosses off present participle tossing off past tense tossed off past participle tossed off informal 1) [transitive] to do something quickly, easily, and without… …   English dictionary

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