Definition of toss something off in English:

toss something off

phrasal verb

  • 1Produce something rapidly or without thought or effort.

    ‘some of the best letters are tossed off in a burst of inspiration’
    • ‘The songs - the best they have written since Some Girls in '78-sound as if they were tossed off, like rock 'n' roll is supposed to.’
    • ‘He made a few comments, tossing them off casually, but they all struck home.’
    • ‘Yet his plot devices are so slapdash, and key developments are tossed off so perfunctorily, that it seems the author didn't even have the time to write us a good bad book.’
    • ‘For Universal to toss it off like another second-hand series ripe for a digital dollar draw is spiteful, to both fans and the inquisitive alike.’
    • ‘Students immediately started tossing ideas off the tops of their heads.’
    • ‘In the ubiquitous Rachmaninov Prelude in G-sharp he makes no attempt to compete with the fingerpower of Russian masters, but tosses the piece off with near casual panache.’
    • ‘Instead he reveals a non-smoking, non-drinking grafter who pretended to toss off plays and movie scripts in an afternoon but actually spent night after night at home writing.’
    • ‘Some level of effort went into making this album… it wasn't tossed off, but that's maybe more of a damnation than a praise.’
    • ‘OK, I'll admit it, I posted this a couple of months ago as a quick something I tossed off one afternoon.’
    • ‘Instead, take a look at this little number I tossed off while waiting for a train…’
    • ‘I find it kinda funny that when I feel at my worst and post, no one seems to say anything, but when I toss something off in a mini-haze combination of tired and mildly down, everyone's there.’
    • ‘Sam rushes about in a mad frenzy of excitement, tossing off ideas and phrases, blind to the practicalities of life.’
    • ‘How often do we just toss off, ‘Hey thanks, you look great too!’’
    • ‘Chelsea tosses the words off casually, fully expecting yet another shocked response to this announcement.’
    • ‘How often I've thought this - even tossed it off in conversation.’
    • ‘You seem to have tossed it off fairly lightly, Mr O'Sullivan.’
    • ‘I tried to warn her about it, but she tossed them off with an offhand comment about how she told her mother that she wasn't ready for marriage yet.’
    • ‘Only thing that vaguely weirds me out is why you're writing this one to me instead of just tossing it off to your friends as a funny Sex and the City anecdote.’
    • ‘Clearly tossed off as a lark by a prolific author, the play's take on contemporary life as farce comes off as zany but obvious.’
    • ‘Tactically, especially if you are going to do this in some way that she'll have to acknowledge that you've made the point (in other words, not ignore or toss off as a joke), I think you have to be prepared for some major blowback.’
    1. 1.1 Drink something rapidly or all at once.
      ‘Roger tossed off a full glass of Sauternes’
      • ‘The other was dawdling with the bottle, and Martin refused to wait for him, tossing the glass off in a gulp and refilling it.’
      drink, drink down, drink up, quaff, swallow, gulp, gulp down, drain, put away, guzzle, sup, sip, finish off
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