1. in fig. use, something of infinitesimal or zero importance; usu. in phr. not give a toss.
|Daniel Deronda (1967) 363: I don’t care a toss where you are.|
|‘’Arry on ’Igh Life’ in Punch 20 July 24: [He] holds it don’t matter a toss if you finds it swell-togged at a Club.|
|Villain’s Tale 74: ‘Getting a living, Micky, are you?’ the man asked [...] ‘Nothing worth a toss,’ Fielder bemoaned.|
|letter 24 Oct. in Leader (2000) 99: They charge a shilling for that toss.|
|Grits 375: Ploo sah shange or whatever-a fuck it is, tha French toss.|
3. see toss-off n.
to care; usu. in negative use, e.g. who gives a toss.
|Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 158: Ainslie said i was a mouthy little sod and no one cared a toss what I thought.diary 16 Sept. in|
|Godson 79: I don’t know what the stupid buggers think. And [...] I don’t give a toss either.|
|Filth 75: Who gives a toss? The answer is me.|
|Mystery Bay Blues 176: Les couldn’t really have given a toss.|
|Londonstani (2007) 30: Only the librarian used to give two tosses bout the books an the noise.|
|Pulp Ink 2 [ebook] A real horro nerd, Jimmy [...] A shame that no one else gave a toss.‘Topless Vampire Bitches’ in C. Rhatigan and N. Bird (eds)|
|Joe Country [ebook] [I]f River had been in the business of giving a toss, he’d have been mildly concerned.|
|Stoning 85: ‘The chances of someone [...] giving a toss are pretty low’.|