toss off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v toss off drink down entirely "He downed three martinis before dinner","She killed a bottle of brandy that night","They popped a few beer after work"
    • v toss off write quickly "She dashed off a note to her husband saying she would not be home for supper","He scratched off a thank-you note to the hostess"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Toss off to drink off
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Celt., as W. tosio, to jerk, tos, a quick jerk.

Usage

In literature:

A gigantic wave tossed the craft up and forward with a heave that threw the boys off their feet.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Off it slipped into his hand, and the horse tossed his head and ran.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
The wind knocks the leaves off the trees and tosses them up in the air.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
He flung off the glove and tossed it upon the table.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
The man then tossed off his glass and left them alone.
"The King's Warrant" by Alfred H. Engelbach
And here was Gibbs washing dishes and tossing off those things without a thought.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
There were fiends flying off with souls, or tossing them with pitchforks into the flames.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Maggie tossed off her hat.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
His swag still lay where it had been tossed off the horse.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
I know a young poet who tossed off a five-act tragedy, sex-psychology and all, between the Puerta del Sol and Cuatro Caminos!
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
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In poetry:

Coldly the night-wind shivers on the hill-top,
Cold crawls the pale-faced fog from off the sea;
Tossed by the one, and blinded by the other,
Turn I my late steps longing unto thee!
"Song" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Thine eye was bright, thy coat it shone;
Thou hast thine errands, off and on;
In joy thy last morn flew; anon,
A fit! All's over;
And thou art gone where Geist hath gone, And Toss, and Rover.
"Kaiser Dead" by Matthew Arnold
When it's dawn just throw some sort of cloth over me
because I know dawn will toss fistfuls of ants at me,
and pour a little hard water over my shoes
so that the scorpion claws of the dawn will slip off.
"Gacela Of The Dark Death" by Federico Garcia Lorca
THE wind blows salt from off the sea
And sweet from where the land lies green;
I travel down the great highway
That runs so straight and white between--
I watch the sea-wind strain the sheet,
The land-wind toss the yellow wheat!
"The Troubadour" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
So in their rapid fury mountain torrents
That hurl them off their moss-grown altars steep,
Seeking the flood with tossing, foaming riot--
Here in the vale are bound in the old currents,
To stream in future calm and clear and deep!
"Burnt Out Is Now My Misery" by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy

In news:

Here is a video shown on various nightly news programs that shows an Ohio bus driver giving an unruly female passenger an upper cut and then tossing her off said bus.
Fuldheim tosses Rubin off TV.
You're at a dinner party and toss off a flip remark about how men are more aggressive investors while women simply don't take risks.
Then, as people would arrive, they would turn off their phones and toss them inside until they left at the end of the evening.
Warrant issued after Mobile woman accused of tossing puppy off balcony is no-show.
With about three minutes remaining in Friday's game against the New Jersey Nets, Jason Richardson tossed a lob pass off the backboard in anticipation that Dwight Howard would be there for the emphatic finish.
A vacationing dive -boat passenger died after a rogue wave capsized a catamaran Thursday, tossing 21 passengers and two crew members into the ocean off the coast of Pompano Beach, Fla.
The Wall Street Journal today tosses off one of the more disappointing pieces I've read in this crisis—and that's saying something.
I think it's extremely unhelpful when new-media gurus like Mark Potts toss off posts saying newspapers don't "provide value" and thus can't charge for their product.
Warrant issued after Mobile woman accused of tossing puppy off balcony is no-show .
Just tossing a real quick notebook together before my freelance assignment tips off with the Silver Stars.
WESTMINSTER, Calif.—A Garden Grove woman who allegedly poisoned her estranged husband, then sliced off his penis and tossed it in the garbage disposal, was charged today with torture and aggravated mayhem.
While these items probably won't get you tossed off your flight, they could trigger unnecessary delays and hassle.
Put off the funereal task of tossing your beloved-but-broken-down footwear.
Police are looking for a driver who, in an apparent fit of road rage, ripped the spoiler off another car and tossed it through the back window.
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In science:

Let the first game be a toss of a biased coin with winning probability p = 1 two biased coins and the choice of the coin depends on the current state (pay-off ) of the game.
Cooperative quantum Parrondo's games
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