Definition of give (or care) a toss in English:

give (or care) a toss


  • usually with negative Care at all.

    ‘I don't give a toss what you think’
    • ‘Not that Lewisham council appears to give a toss about Catford, mind…’
    • ‘This is, of course, because the council stopped giving a toss at some point in the 1980s, and the place has teetered on the brink of closure ever since.’
    • ‘Who gives a toss about productivity, which simply makes others rich?’
    • ‘But while there were some people who would cheerfully have thrown me into the sea, there were others who didn't give a toss about the colour of my skin and a few who would have defended me with their lives.’
    • ‘Again, is it any wonder why hardly anyone gives a toss about politicians?’
    • ‘She doesn't care about being out of the job market and couldn't give a toss about being ‘out of the loop’ or ‘pushed sideways’ at work.’
    • ‘You think he, or the club, gives a toss what you want?’
    • ‘Otherwise why should I give a toss whether all your shows end up on ITV?’
    • ‘Nobody in London gives a toss about Olympic football because we don't take part but, believe us, we'll pretend to have a passion for beach volleyball, taekwondo and badminton if it helps.’
    • ‘In the end I reached that nirvana level of not giving a toss who I asked to dance, and there were some truly lovely dancers there.’
    • ‘‘I could not give a toss what people think of me,’ he says.’
    • ‘But then, the striker departed from Glasgow as he arrived: not giving a toss.’
    • ‘For the first time, women are now edging towards the possibility of not giving a toss how popular a moisturiser might be, and of leading lives which have neither time nor need for cuticle remover.’
    • ‘Even as a student of Politics, I simply do not see how these two sagas could have turned out any differently (given the nature of politics in this country) so found it difficult to give a toss, quite frankly.’
    • ‘Roll on an elected second chamber, and meanwhile, God preserve us from politicians who think they have to impress us with their love and knowledge of football, when really they couldn't give a toss.’
    • ‘Their decision not to link to that news is their decision and no-one gives a toss really.’
    • ‘The one absolute certainty is that nobody south of Gretna gives a toss what any of these people think.’
    • ‘I consider myself a fully paid-up member of generation X: despite enjoying current affairs, I couldn't give a toss about individual politics.’
    • ‘But then, who gives a toss for outmoded aesthetics these days, eh?’
    • ‘I know that the workers from City Contract Services do their best to keep the roads and streets clean but a certain minority make it impossible because, quite simply, they don't give a toss for the environment of other people.’