Green’s Dictionary of Slang

toss v.

[SE toss, to throw]

1. (US Und.) to desert a partner, sexual or professional.

[US] ‘Und. and Its Vernacular’ in Clues mag. 158–62: tossed Deserted, as by a woman or a partner.

2. (US black) to beat up; thus tossing n., a beating.

[US]C. Coe Me – Gangster 16: I’ll give you a tossing you’ll never forget.
[US]P. Beatty Tuff 181: We headed for Rikers to spend sleepless nights listening to jet airplanes take off and land and niggers getting tossed.

3. to overcome.

[Aus]L. Glassop Lucky Palmer 63: Well we tossed ’em nine years ago and we’ve tossed ’em since and we’ll go on tossing ’em.

4. (Aus.) to criticize harshly, to assault verbally.

[Aus]D. Niland Shiralee 130: Cripes, you tossed him, didn’t you? Neat as sixpence.

5. (US campus) to vomit.

[US](con. 1910s) S.Longstreet Pedlocks (1971) 11: ‘I ate too much, Katie.’ ‘Don’t you dare toss it up, my fine lady!’.
[US](con. 1950s) H. Junker ‘The Fifties’ in Eisen Age of Rock 2 (1970) 99: Heaving, tossing, blowing your lunch (cookies).
[US]C. Hiaasen Tourist Season (1987) 289: Makes me sick, too, I gotta tell you. Nearly tossed my black beans.
[US] P. Munro Sl. U.

6. to throw out.

[US]P. Rabe Murder Me for Nickels (2004) 30: Our statistical branch figures out [...] how soon to toss the slow ones, before we lose money.
[US]E. Bunker No Beast So Fierce 192: I finished the cigar and tossed the butt.
[US]E. Torres After Hours 10: Mighty god, without which no case gets tossed.
[US]R. Campbell In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 115: Get the fuck off my set or I’ll have you tossed.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Stephanie’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 69: I mentioned bedspread DNA. Marcia said a cop tossed it [...] Some cop on a spring-cleaning kick.

7. (orig. US prison) to search an apartment, car or person, esp. for weapons etc.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 225/1: Toss, v. [...] 2. (P) To search [cells] for contraband, stolen goods, etc.
[US]Q. Reynolds Police Headquarters (1956) 276: We’ve watched the place for two weeks. I think it’s time we moved in and tossed it.
[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 134: I don’t get tossed too often. One time I got tossed three days in a row. [...] But they never find anything on me. [...] I’ve almost always got works or pills or something. But they can’t look where I carry the things.
[US]E. Torres Q&A 190: You two guys wait outside while me and Nat toss him.
[US]H. Gould Fort Apache, The Bronx 216: He was a dealer. Murphy could toss him right now. He’d probably find enough dope on the dude to send him away for fifteen to life. But the case would be thrown out for illegal search.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 37: Jack pistol-whipped Weiskopf, tossed his pad.
[US]T. Dorsey Stingray Shuffle 267: He got home and found his loft apartment had been tossed.
[US]G. Hayward Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 28: The inmates are instructed to raise their hands to speak to a Captain if they have any queastions about how an Officer is tossing their cell.

8. (US) to bribe.

[US]H. Gould Fort Apache, The Bronx 77: So maybe they toss a numbers runner for a coupla dollars.

9. to take money from.

[US]H. Gould Fort Apache, The Bronx 35: Think of all the money you’ll save on pipejobs [...] You won’t have to be tossin’ those hookers at Hunts Point every night.

10. to stop someone in a car and subject them to a search.

[UK]Observer Mag. 26 Sept. 27: He was playacting with two young people [...] whom he pretended to have stopped – or, in ghetto parlance ‘tossed’ – in a car.
[US]Codella and Bennett Alphaville (2011) 338: Whenever he or any of his boys came [...] to check their [drug] spots, Gio and I made sure to pull them over and toss them.

11. (US) to expose someone as a homosexual against their will; thus tossing n.

[US]Atlanta Journal/Constitution 23 Mar. C-4/1: But outing, or ‘tossing’ as it’s also called, is not confined to dead folks incapable of having their privacy invaded or being libeled and retaliating with law suits.

12. (also toss up) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[US]in J. Miller Getting Played 143: ’She said “No” and he smacked her and tossed her up [had sex with/raped her]’.
[US]J. Díaz This Is How You Lose Her 32: For a couple of months she got tossed by those cats from Parkwood.

In phrases

toss a reverse lunch (v.) [the regurgitation of food]

(N.Z.) to vomit.

[NZ]P. Gifford Loosehead Len’s Gluepot Greats 154: He claimed incident in Eastern Moon had arisen when local person had ‘tossed a reverse lunch’ of prawns, sweetcorn, and tomato skins over his person [DNZE].
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 215: toss a reverse lunch/the tiger/your lollies To vomit. ANZ latter C20.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

toss... (v.)

see also under relevant n.

toss in one’s agate (v.) [SE agate, a type of marble]

(Aus.) to die; lit. or fig.

[Aus]E. Dyson Fact’ry ’Ands 232: They’ve pout ther steam on her, ’n’ she’s tossed in her agate.
toss in the jock (v.)

(US) to give up, to quit.

(con. 1950) C. Flood More Lives Than One 37: Maybe pretty soon the gooks [...] ‘really toss in the jock, and we can use trucks and go up maybe fifteen, twenty miles a day.’.
toss (it) in (v.)

(Aus./N.Z./US) to give up, to finish.

[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Dummy Bridge’ Digger Smith 22: ‘I’m sick uv this ’ere game,’ ’e grunts. [...] ‘Righto,’ I chips. ‘Suppose we toss it in?’.
[UK]J. Maclaren-Ross Of Love And Hunger 124: There was one, but she tossed it in. Couldn’t take it.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Gone Fishin’ 126: When you two blokes came down this afternoon I was just about ready to toss it in.
[Aus]A. Buzo Rooted III i: richard: How’s the old public service? bentley: I don’t know. I tossed it in.
toss it to (v.)

(US) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[US]J. Thompson Pop. 1280 in Four Novels (1983) 478: You’ve tossed it to her so often you’ve thrown your ass out of line with your eyeballs!
toss one’s lollies (v.) (also chuck…, lose…) [N.Z. lolly, any form of sweet]

(N.Z.) to vomit.

[UK]Metro (Auckland) Mar. 27: They were seen [...] tossing back Tequila Slammers and then heard together in the pissoir on their knees tossing their lollies long and loud [DNZE].
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 70/1: chuck or lose your lollies to spew.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 215: toss a reverse lunch/the tiger/your lollies To vomit. ANZ latter C20.
toss (someone) around (v.)

(US) to deceive, to cheat, to mistreat.

[US]D. Runyon ‘Tobias the Terrible’ Runyon on Broadway (1954) 108: A guy who is not accustomed to being tossed around by a doll always finds it most painful the first time.
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Prison Parlance’ in AS IX:1 28: toss around. To give someone a raw deal.
toss (someone) out (v.)

to eject.

[US]A. Maupin Tales of the City (1984) 89: His son-in-law put the badmouth on me, and the old man tossed me out on my can.