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Date: Sep 03 2003


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“It’s a toss-up between ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’ and ‘Living on a Prayer.’”
- Brittany Murphy, actress and star of the new movie Uptown Girls, talking about her favorite song by the band Bon Jovi.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

difficult choice between two things, difficult decision between two things that are very similar, a close contest between two things that are almost equal, a 50/50 choice among two things

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

A “toss-up” is always a hard thing to deal with. When presented with a “toss-up” it’s always hard to make a choice. You can use “toss-up” to describe any situation in which you’re having trouble deciding between two things because they are almost the same. For example, if there are two movies that you want to see equally, but you only have time to see one movie, it’s a “toss-up” which one you should see. You’ll just have to choose one of them and hope that you’re making the right decision.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

””I can’t decide if I like chocolate ice cream or vanilla ice cream better. They’re both so good. It’s a toss-up.”“

””I thought I was going to Los Angeles for Christmas vacation, but now my aunt has invited me to visit her in Miami. I can’t decide what I should do. Both trips sound like fun. It’s a toss-up.”“

””I realize that it’s a toss-up for you, but you’re going to have to decide which jacket you want. We can’t buy them both. You should just close your eyes and pick one of them.”“

””I wasn’t sure which college I should attend. My two finalists were the University of Michigan and Ohio State University. It was a toss-up so I just made my mom decide for me. She chose Michigan because it’s closer to home.”“


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

“to toss up” means when it’s difficult to decide which way to choose beween 2 opportunities and you take a coin and throw it into the air to fall on the ground and see on which side it falls. Or it can be also indirect meaning when a person is ready to loose everything if there’s even a slight chance to win.
by Nataila (Moscow, Russia)
It’s used to descibe something that entails almost the same value. It probably means it is hard to choose the best or her favorite between the two songs as the two songs seem to have important places in her heart.
by Bellie (Hong Kong, China)
‘Toss Up’ denotes a close contest, two things of almost equal merit, difficult to chose etc.,
by Srikanth (Bangalore, India)
difficult to decide which one is better
by Zhonghai (Beijing, China)
the situation that it is hard to decide which one is better between two things
by cathy (Shanghai, China)
it means thay are equal, it’s difficult to decide the result.
by mingmei (Beijing, China)
It’s like “I can’t decide if I choose this or that one”
by Andrea (Antofagasta, Chile)
If something is a toss-up, it happens to be half way close to each one of the options to follow.
by André (Sorocaba, Brazil)
i guess it means thingz chance are likely to happen half and half, uncertainty
by mimosa (Hong Kong, China)
when i say something is a toss-up that means a choice is difficult to make between two things cos they are almost same.
by jianzhuo (Nanaimo, Canada)
Toss up means it is a hard to decide or compare between two things, both has 50% possibility to win.
by Sherry (Shenzhen, China)
toss-up is something got 50/50 chance either win or lose. Or two thing either this or that.
by Emily (Qinhuangdao, China)
It’s the two results of tossing a coin;that means you have to face or duel with one of them.
by Lai (HongKong, PRC)
a toss-up means an even chance.
by lucia (Hong Kong, China)
it means they are no difference.
by mingmei (Beijing, China)
I think that means the contrary things, the conflict between two contrary side.
by Puff (SZ, China)
toss-up” something about which there is doubt.
by Dana (Dubai, UAE)
An unpredictable event
by sachi (Blore, India)
A toss-up means here a mixture.
by sunjuno (Rouiba, Algeria)
by joann (Pelham, U.S.A.)

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