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Pitch and toss

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pitch and toss a game played by tossing up a coin, and calling “Heads or tails;”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pitch and toss a game in which coins are thrown at a mark, the person who throws nearest having the right of tossing all the coins, and keeping those which come down head uppermost
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A form of pick.

Usage

In literature:

You have seen those blokes at fairs and races, throwing up coppers, or playing at pitch and toss?
"Six Years in the Prisons of England" by A Merchant - Anonymous
His crime was playing at pitch and toss with the lower classes.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
I feel fit for anything, from pitch-and-toss to manslaughter.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
The ground vehicle lurched and swayed and rolled and pitched and tossed as it came over the uneven ground.
"Sand Doom" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
There she lay, pitching and tossing very uneasily on the sea.
"Rollo in Holland" by Jacob Abbott
There was a fresh breeze blowing and the sea was rough, but the clumsy craft rode more easily and had ceased to pitch and toss.
"The King's Esquires" by George Manville Fenn
They sat on the divan and played pitch and toss.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Then the wild pitching and tossing subsided, the crash of the furious water grew fainter, and all was calm and peaceful as before.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
The ships behind the breakwater do not pitch and toss.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The umpires shall pitch fair wickets, and the parties shall toss up for the choice of innings.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
Pitchforking statesmen and tosspot reformers will be unable to play at pitch-and-toss with reputations not submitted for the performance.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
The vessel tossed and pitched most fearfully during a succession of violent squalls, accompanied by thunder and lightning.
"Famous Islands and Memorable Voyages" by Anonymous
The steamer pitched and tossed, making us all miserably seasick.
"The Young Adventurer" by Horatio Alger
Oh, the intolerable scent of pitch, and the tossing and the heaving!
"Gycia" by Lewis Morris
It's a pitch and toss kind of a life ours!
"Mugby Junction" by Charles Dickens
The boat began to pitch and toss: the passengers were drenched.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
She was about a mile off, and, despite the intense calmness of the sea, was pitching and tossing as if in the roughest water.
"Byways of Ghost-Land" by Elliott O'Donnell
The launch tossed and pitched dangerously when it came into the broad reaches of Core Sound.
"When the Cock Crows" by Waldron Baily
A nice place this would have been for any ship to play pitch-and-toss in!
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
How the little boat pitched and tossed!
"Bruno" by Byrd Spilman Dewey
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In poetry:

A sweet intoxication urges me
Despite pitching, tossing, fearlessly
To offer this toast while standing Solitude, reef, and starry veil
To whatever’s worthy of knowing
The white anxiety of our sail.
"A Toast" by Stephane Mallarme

In news:

But Monday night, they all tossed out "first" pitches at Dodger Stadium before a critical late-season game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.
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