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    Toss (of the hair)

    one definition of toss is: jerk (one's head or hair) sharply backward: Paula pursed her lips and tossed her head.

    Does that mean she pulled / fixed her hair backwards?, e.g., to make pony tail.

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    Re: Toss (of the hair)

    Quote Originally Posted by pizza View Post
    one definition of toss is: jerk (one's head or hair) sharply backward: Paula pursed her lips and tossed her head.

    Does that mean she pulled / fixed her hair backwards?, e.g., to make pony tail.
    You can still toss your head even if you're bald!

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    Re: Toss (of the hair)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    No. It means to physically move your head quickly in a backward direction. Think of it as having a rock in your hand. You can throw (or toss) the rock forward or you can toss it behind you. The way I read your sentence is that she moved her head backward since there is no other indication as to direction and the usual meaning in this case is to move your head quickly backward.
    I agree. I think it's worth pointing out that people generally don't toss their heads (or their hair) directly backwards. There is usually a rotational component to the neck as well.

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    Re: Toss (of the hair)

    Why is the meaning of such gesture? (Toss your head backwards).

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    Re: Toss (of the hair)

    It could be flirtatious. Or it could just be that her hair was in her face and she wanted to move it.

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