Adjective "odds" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples

plural noun

The ratio between the amounts staked by the parties to a bet, based on the expected probability either way.
  1. 'it is possible for the race to be won at very long odds'
  2. 'Many people who play the lottery tend to forget about, or pay scant attention to, the odds of winning.'
  3. 'As illustrated by the odds ratios, the odds of rearrest for traditionally adjudicated offenders are two times those of drug court participants.'
  4. 'No self-respecting gambler would play odds of 14 million to one.'
  5. 'He also liked the bookmaker's odds of 7/2 for nobody to win a Grand Slam this time around.'
  6. 'Malcolm confirms that the odds of winning big lottery and pokie payouts are ‘in the millions to one’.'
  7. 'But the odds of winning the jackpot on the lottery are still 1,000 times better, at one in nearly 14m.'
  8. 'Ms Thompson said Mr Doran was ‘absolutely right’ to say that the odds of winning the jackpot were 14 million to one.'
  9. 'At Stroud bookmakers in Hull he claimed to have won big money after staking £1.50 on an Irish Lottery game at incredible odds of 6,561-1.'
  10. 'Before play, bookmakers were quoting odds of 33-1 on Bangladesh and 1-500 Australia.'
  11. 'But before gamblers get too excited, they should remember that the odds of winning the jackpot are nearly one in 14m.'
  12. 'the odds against this ever happening are high'
  13. 'But to take this route as an author of creative fiction would seem to be the clearest way to stack the odds against the novel's success.'
  14. 'It will cost a lot of money, and the odds are that it won't work, right?'
  15. 'It is a story of determination over great odds, strokes of luck and relentless love.'
  16. 'Therefore, the odds are that most of them will take the chance of bringing it into court.'
  17. 'But if a paper decides to run an article like this, the odds are that it will actually hit the streets, with punishment coming after the fact.'
  18. 'One of my dazed wits tried to tell me the odds against this actually happening.'
  19. 'But the odds are that hostility will get even worse.'
  20. 'But in a one-typesetter town, the odds are that the local type shop will offer mainly ITC faces.'
  21. 'Finally, according to Freeman, the odds against all three of these statistical anomalies occurring together are 250 million to one.'
  22. 'If this does not happen the odds are that the Mountmellick TD could be on his way out of Leinster House.'
  23. 'the odds were overwhelmingly in favour of the banks rather than the customer'
  24. 'Against all the odds the motion was passed but it later emerged that at the time of the voting most of the delegates were at Mass.'
  25. 'Fair play to them both, they took on what was a mountainous challenge and now against all the odds have emerged victorious.'
  26. 'Tonight I shall raise my glass to all those nameless individuals that against all the odds bring happiness and prosperity to this land of smiles.'
  27. 'Jimmy Carter, against all the odds, won the Democratic Nomination for the 1976 American presidential election.'
  28. 'The moral is if these guys could do it, against all the odds, so could you.'
  29. 'You could say the same about director Bille Woodruff's last movie, Honey, which against all the odds, I totally loved.'
  30. 'We had a bit of luck but we had a big heart and a lot of belief and sometimes that can achieve things against all the odds.'
  31. 'Against all the odds an unbeaten home record had been preserved, while in turn Cork City had held on to their unbeaten away record.'
  32. 'In some cases some succeeded against all the odds.'
  33. 'But that didn't surprise me, because there's a side to Annabelle which is about holding out against all the odds.'

More definitions

1. the probability that something is so, will occur, or is more likely to occur than something else: The odds are that it will rain today.

2. the ratio of probability that something is so, will occur, or is more likely to occur than something else.

3. this ratio used as the basis of a bet; the ratio by which the bet of one party to a wager exceeds that of the other, granted by one of two betting opponents to equalize the chances favoring one of them:

More examples(as adjective)

"bookmakerses can be odds on wins."

"people can be odds on favourites."

"parties can be odds on favourites."

"bookmakerses can be odds."

"favors can be odds."

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Early 16th century: apparently the plural of the obsolete noun odd ‘odd number or odd person’.


at odds
by all odds
it makes no odds
lay (or give) odds
over the odds
take odds
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