Definition of toss-up in English:



  • 1The tossing of a coin to make a decision between two alternatives.

    1. 1.1A situation in which all outcomes or options are equally possible or equally attractive.
      ‘employment-wise, at this stage it’s a toss-up between two jobs’
      • ‘It's a toss-up whether the Landmark Tavern or Keens Steakhouse is closer to the Javits Center, but both are within comfortable walking distance.’
      • ‘It's pretty much a toss-up as to which arena is more cutthroat.’
      • ‘It's truly a toss-up, but we think the race may wind up like this.’
      • ‘It was a toss-up, Sport decided, as to who looked more surprised, Cochise or Joe.’
      • ‘Whether this is a result of poor writing or poor acting is a toss-up, but let's be generous and blame both.’
      • ‘My favourite comedy is a toss-up between City Lights and Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid.’
      • ‘Until 1997, leadership of the in vitro diagnostics sector of the medical device industry was pretty much a toss-up.’
      • ‘Many analysts consider the success of United's deal a toss-up, although Colak predicts defeat, based on congressional, UAL labor, and consumer opposition lining up against it.’
      • ‘The $500 high-end contest, however, remains a toss-up.’
      • ‘But even at this late stage, about ten are toss-ups.’
      • ‘If I were to put China having one of their best days and the U.S. having one of their best days, I think that it would be a toss-up who would win.’
      • ‘Thus, there are four races where Republicans could pick up seats: two are toss-ups (Minnesota and New Jersey) and two are states where the Republicans have a slight lead (South Dakota and Missouri).’
      • ‘If everyone else did, each of you would find it a toss-up as to whether to spend twice as long queuing for a chance to brush hands over the stamps, or to get quick service from somebody less fanciable.’
      • ‘Although the Swiftech solution won the majority of the benchmarks, it is really a toss-up when you look closely at the numbers.’
      • ‘If the election is still a toss-up when the Pacific states start declaring, look for Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona, where the two candidates were polling within a few percentage points of one another last week.’
      • ‘It's not his best work by far (that would be a toss-up between any of the other four roles I listed), but it's pretty incredible.’
      • ‘Clearly, for longer-term investors, it's been a toss-up between the blue chips and mid-caps, with the latter winning out in recent years.’
      • ‘It's a bit of a toss-up between DivX and Windows Media Video 9 on this one.’
      • ‘He may be Sweden's most talented player, but it's a toss-up as to whether he'll be making the headlines for his on- or off-the-field behaviour.’
      • ‘It's a toss-up whether the buildings are the diminutive structures of a miniature golf course or the towers of the wide world beyond the backyard.’



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