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toss-up (plural toss-ups)

  1. (idiomatic) A decision in which neither choice is clearly favorable or unfavorable, or for which the outcome does not matter.
    It's really a toss-up between the red skirt with blue stripes and the blue skirt with red stripes. They both look good and fit well.
  2. Either of two outcomes that are equally likely.
    • 2013, Tom Shone, Oscar nominations pull a surprise by showing some taste – but will it last? (in The Guardian, 11 January 2013)[1]
      No longer is the best picture going to be a toss-up between that troika of national-historical heavies: Argo, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Instead, a warm welcome back for Life of Pi, widely dismissed by many as "this year's Hugo" but this column's dark-horse pick from October.
  3. The toss of a coin used to decide some issue.