toss * about/around +
We tossed ideas about before the negotiations.
They tossed my plan around a bit and then rejected it.
toss * back/down +
Jeff tossed back his beer and left.
I tossed a couple of drinks down before they arrived.
toss for +
擲硬幣 [猜正反面] 來決定 (某事)
We tossed for who would eat.
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Late last year, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell proposed more than $7 million in funding for urgently needed crisis-stabilization programs — an alternative to hospitalization that provides short-term treatment and other community services. The proposal would have lessened, but not completely alleviated, the problem of streeting.
—Mira Signer, "Virginia must stop turning away its neediest patients," The Washington Post, June 24, 2011
A 2010 report found that 200 individuals in Virginia who were psychotic and either dangerous or incapable of caring for themselves were "streeted" — slang coined by emergency room doctors for when hospitals knowingly put a psychotic patient on the sidewalk.
—Pete Earley, "Deeds attack shows that our system is a mess: Column," USA Today, November 21, 2013
(名詞) 反向塗鴉 － 巧妙地清除某個表面或牆面上的塵垢、污垢或污漬所形成的圖案或文字塗鴉。
Pollution residue on a stop sign. Algae at the bottom of a public fountain. For most people, such accumulated grit is a dirty, if often overlooked, fact of modern life. But for "reverse graffiti" artists, that dirt is a beckoning canvas. —"Reverse Graffiti," O, The Oprah Magazine, February 1, 2012
Also in the show are the American artist Jim Dingilian's smoke landscapes in a bottle, which have the elusive look of memories, and the Brazilian artist Alexandre Orion's video of his "reverse" graffiti, carved into the soot-saturated walls of São Paolo traffic tunnels.
—Alix Browne, "The Other Ash Can School," The New York Times, February 7, 2012
(the) icing on the cake
(名詞) 沒有子女因而溺愛姪子、姪女、外甥和外甥女的婦女。這個字乃 professional aunt no kids 的頭字語。
Emmert and millions of other PANKs (professional aunt, no kids) are opting not to have kids, finding fulfillment in bonding with their nieces and nephews instead. Their numbers are growing: Nearly 20 percent of American women reach 40 to 44 childless, compared with 10 percent in the 1970s, said a 2008 Pew Research Center report.
—Bill Ward, "PANKs: Happy with the role of aunt," Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 22, 2012
Breaking acronym alert! The world's sociologists have been at it again. All hail the pank, or “professional aunt, no kids”, a species defined by the spoiling, confidence-sharing and general nurturing of other people's nippers.
—Hannah Betts, "Why this devoted 'professional aunt, no kids' is proud to be a 'pank'," The Telegraph, November 11, 2013
throw * away + (= throw out)
Don't throw away those bottles; we can recycle them.
throw * in +
Buy a computer now and get a free printer thrown in!
The shop threw in a printer so I bought a computer from it.
throw * off +
Sam threw off his shoes and flopped on the settee.
throw * off +
擺脫 (壞事)；甩掉，擺脫掉 (追趕者)
It took me two weeks to throw off my cold.
They threw the police off at the bridge.
(名詞) 無用的高度 － 高樓或超高建築由尖頂或類似增建部分所產生的沒有用的空間。尖頂或類似增建部分只是在增加建築物額外的高度而已。
Some of the world's tallest skyscrapers have been criticised for being built with added "vanity height", which serves no practical purpose other than to push them into the architectural category of "supertall".
—Oscar Quine, "The height of vanity: Why taller isn't better and the 10 vainest buildings in the world," The Independent, September 9, 2013
Dubai's Burj Khalifa — currently the world's tallest building at 2,717 feet — is topped by 800 feet of unusable ornamentation. That means almost 30 percent of the world's tallest building is "vanity height."
—"Editorial: 'America's tallest building' goes to New York," Chicago Tribune, November 13, 2013
add insult to injury
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