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    'argue the toss'
    This is said to be BrE. If so,
    what is the American equivalent?
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    Default Re: argue the toss

    It could be BrE specific- it comes from tossing a coin to decide in sporting matches. I don't know if Americans do that.

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    Thank you. Is it talking about the situation where the coin has already been tossed? The coin has been tossed and decision has been made, so no use arguing about the result. Right?

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    Default Re: argue the toss

    But you still argue.

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    Default Re: argue the toss

    I just found it in a dictionary:
    "argue the toss" is a British / Australian idiom which means: "to disagree with a decision or statement"

    Example: Are you prepared to argue the toss when you might have to go to court to prove it?

    I don't remember a similar American idiom.

    By the way, for real tossing, Americans say: "tossup" and "deciding throw of coin", both of which are nouns.

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    Smile Re: argue the toss

    I've also used "to flip the coin" which is the same thing as "to toss the coin".

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    Smile Re: argue the toss

    I've also used "to flip the coin" which is the same thing as "to toss the coin".

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