1 chances, likelihood, probability:
The odds are that Janet will finish the job in time.
2 edge, advantage, lead, superiority:
We have won before against greater odds.
3 difference, inequality, disparity, unevenness, discrepancy, dissimilarity, distinction:
It makes no odds who you are, you may not go in there.
4 at odds. at variance, at loggerheads, at daggers drawn, at sixes and sevens, at cross purposes, at each other's throats, in disagreement, in opposition, on bad terms, not in keeping, out of line, inharmonious, conflicting, clashing, disagreeing, differing:
Teenagers have been at odds with their parents since time immemorial.
5 odds and ends. oddments, fragments, debris, leftovers, leavings, remnants, bits (and pieces), particles, shreds, snippets, scraps, rubbish, litter, Colloq Brit odds and sods:
We managed to pack everything into boxes except for a few odds and ends.
considerable, great, high, impossible, insuperable, overwhelming, terrible
She struggled against terrible odds to overcome her illness.
| long, short
Sometimes an outsider will win at long odds, but not often. The bookmakers are offering only short odds on the favourite.
VERB + ODDS
offer, quote | lay
I'll lay odds we never see him again.
| reduce, shorten | beat, defy, overcome
She defied the odds to beat the clear favourite.
ODDS + VERB
shorten | lengthen
against the ~
The film is a heart-warming tale of triumph against the odds.
| ~ against
The odds against their survival have lengthened.
| ~ of
They were offering odds of ten to one.
| ~ on
The odds on the outsider were 100?1.
against all (the) odds
Against all the odds, we managed to get through to the final.
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