heads or tails

noun plural but singular in construction
: a simple gambling game in which a coin is tossed and won by the player who successfully calls the side that lands upward — compare head or tail

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1. a gambling game in which a coin is tossed, the winner being the player who guesses which side of the coin will face up when it lands or is caught.
2. the tossing of a coin in this manner to determine a question or choice.
[1675-85]

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heads or tails
An invitation to guess how a coin will fall
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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • heads\ or\ tails — n. phr. the two sides of a coin, especially when the coin is tossed in the air in order to decide which of two alternatives are to be followed. Tom tossed a quarter in the air and said, tails, I win; heads you win …   Словарь американских идиом

  • heads or tails — 1. a gambling game in which a coin is tossed, the winner being the player who guesses which side of the coin will face up when it lands or is caught. 2. the tossing of a coin in this manner to determine a question or choice. [1675 85] * * * …   Universalium

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