Talk:toss

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Rfv-sense: To search. "Akkarat shouts orders in Thai to the men tossing Anderson's apartment." Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Windup Girl. 2009. London: Orbit, 2010, p. 382. MacJohnson87 14:59, 6 August 2011 (UTC)

I have reworded the definition and added a usage example. You could add the quote yourself, possibly using {{quote-book}}. I realize the RfV tag was added two years ago, not by you. DCDuring TALK 16:42, 6 August 2011 (UTC)
Particularly common in reference to a prison cell. See:
  • 2003, Joseph Wambaugh, Fire Lover, p. 258:
    John Orr had occasion to complain in writing to the senior supervisor that his Playboy and Penthouse magazines had been stolen by deputies. And he believed that was what prompted a random search of his cell for contraband. He was stripped, handcuffed, and forced to watch as they tossed his cell.
  • 2009, Thomas Harris, Red Dragon:
    Rankin and Willingham, when they tossed his cell, they took Polaroids so they could get everything back in place.
Cheers! bd2412 T 23:25, 6 August 2011 (UTC)
I don't know; google books:toss the room comes up with a bunch of valid hits, just like google books:toss the cell:
  • 2011, Linda Howard, Kill and Tell: A Novel:
    Hayes had watched him toss a room before. He had tapped walls, gotten down on his hands and knees and studied the floor, inspected books and lamps and bric-abrac.
--Prosfilaes 01:18, 7 August 2011 (UTC)
Great citations! :) I have added them to the entry, and modified the definition on the basis of the 2009 quotation. RFV-passed. Feel free to tweak the definition further. - -sche (discuss) 21:48, 8 August 2011 (UTC)