toss and turn

Definition of toss and turn

:to move about and turn over in bed because one is unable to sleep
  • tossing and turning all night

Word by Word Definitions

toss play
  1. : to throw with a quick, light, or careless motion or with a sudden jerk

  2. : to throw up in the air

  3. : match

  1. : an act or instance of tossing: such as

  2. : throw, pitch

  3. : an abrupt tilting or upward fling

turn play
  1. : to cause to move around an axis or a center : make rotate or revolve

  2. : to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end (as of locking, opening, or shutting)

  3. : to affect or alter the functioning of (something, such as a mechanical device) or the level of (something, such as sound) by such movement

  1. : the action or an act of turning about a center or axis : revolution, rotation

  2. : any of various rotating or pivoting movements in dancing or gymnastics

  3. : the action or an act of giving or taking a different direction : change of course or posture : such as


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