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odds

 (ŏdz)
pl.n.
1. A certain number of points given beforehand to a weaker side in a contest to equalize the chances of all participants.
2.
a. The ratio of the probability of an event's occurring to the probability of its not occurring.
b. The likelihood of the occurrence of one thing rather than the occurrence of another thing, as in a contest: The odds are that she will get the nomination on the first ballot.
3. Games A ratio expressing the amount by which the stake of one bettor differs from that of an opposing bettor.
4. An amount or degree by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another: won the contest by considerable odds.
Idioms:
at odds
In disagreement; in conflict: "The artist and the self-critic ... are, with a few felicitous exceptions, forever at odds" (Joyce Carol Oates).
by all odds
In every possible way; unquestionably: By all odds it is the best film of the year.

[Pl. of odd.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.at odds - in disagreementat odds - in disagreement; "the figures are at odds with our findings"; "contradictory attributes of unjust justice and loving vindictiveness"- John Morley
inconsistent - displaying a lack of consistency; "inconsistent statements cannot both be true at the same time"; "inconsistent with the roadmap"
References in classic literature ?
From various conversations, at odds and ends of spare time, I discovered that Doctor Dulcifer had begun life as a footman in a gentleman's family; that his young mistress had eloped with him, taking away with her every article of value that was her own personal property, in the shape of jewelry and dresses; that they had lived upon the sale of these things for some time; and that the husband, when the wife's means were exhausted, had turned strolling-player for a year or two.
for we dare not meet a powerful challenge, at odds, and split asunder.
People in difficulty and distress, or in any manner at odds with the world, can endure a vast amount of harsh treatment, and perhaps be only the stronger for it; whereas they give way at once before the simplest expression of what they perceive to be genuine sympathy.