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    What do we call this action in English?

    What do we call this action in English? Flipping a coin? Coin toss?Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: What do we call this action in English?

    "Coin toss" is a noun, but the action is flipping a coin or tossing a coin, yes.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 29-Mar-2014 at 21:25.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What do we call this action in English?

    Is there another expression for this action?

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    Re: What do we call this action in English?

    Are the expressions Barb gave you not what you need?

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    Re: What do we call this action in English?

    To be honest with you, I've heard another expression that I don't remember now. Both of Barb's ones would work as I mentioned above. I just asked if there is another one. What's your idea about "Heads or Tails"?
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    Re: What do we call this action in English?

    When you toss/flip a coin, you invite the other person to call 'heads or tails'.

    'Heads or tails' is not a description of the action.

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    Re: What do we call this action in English?

    You could call it "the sudden release of a flexed thumb from obstruction by the index finger, allowing the resultant forceful thumb extension to propel a coin into the air while simultaneously imparting a spin to the coin such that participants may wager on the outcome."

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    Re: What do we call this action in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You could call it "the sudden release of a flexed thumb from obstruction by the index finger, allowing the resultant forceful thumb extension to propel a coin into the air while simultaneously imparting a spin to the coin such that participants may wager on the outcome..."
    ...by randomly selecting 'obverse' or 'reverse'.

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    Re: What do we call this action in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "Coin toss" is a noun, but the action is flipping a coin or tossing a coin, yes.
    I thought of an American excellent movie No Country for Old Man and there is a very good setence about the phrase.
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