toss off

phrasal verb

tossed off; tossing off; tosses off
informal : to produce (something) quickly and without much effort
He tossed off a few lines of poetry.
informal : to drink (something) quickly
He tossed off a shot of whiskey.
British, informal + impolite : to touch or rub one's own sexual organs for sexual pleasure : to masturbate

Examples of toss off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s partly because reports of vacationers in Airbnb and other short-term rentals luring black bears with raspberries and strips of bacon tossed off the decks of mountain chalets could hamper lucrative income streams. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2024 Hammel is an appealing screen presence, tossing off inappropriate remarks with blithe abandon and making Karla the sort of friend who’s both endearing and exasperating — her affection often barbed and her opportunism unapologetic. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The politics bubbles along in the background — there are posters and graffiti, characters toss off lines about democracy and socialism — but even local audiences, says Scorsati, overlook the history and get caught up in the story of Delia’s emanicipation. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Over queasy feedback that squeals like a zombie radio signal, Brown tosses off rhetorical bicycle kicks, rhymes Cool Runnings with Good Will Hunting, and cracks wise about out-of-service McDonald’s soft serve machines. Pitchfork, 11 Dec. 2023 Jackson, working with the cinematographer Jomo Fray, unites gesture and drama, creating bold and nuanced sequences from moments that, in most movies, would be tossed off in a blandly illustrative shot or two. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2023 Over his shoulder, my boyfriend tossed off a breezy no worries. Jessica Knoll, Vogue, 22 Sep. 2023 Last month, Richardson dramatically tossed off her wig moments before sprinting to a first-place finish at the U.S. Track and Field Championships. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 21 Aug. 2023 Before long, Indy and Helena are tossing off second-rate quips and mapping their way from New York to Tangier to the Aegean Sea — all as part of a quest to recover the Dial of Destiny and keep its potentially history-altering powers from falling into the wrong hands. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2023

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“Toss off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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