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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.]

odds

(ɒdz)
pl n
1. (Gambling, except Cards) (foll by: on or against) the probability, expressed as a ratio, that a certain event will take place: the odds against the outsider are a hundred to one.
2. (Gambling, except Cards) the amount, expressed as a ratio, by which the wager of one better is greater than that of another: he was offering odds of five to one.
3. the likelihood that a certain state of affairs will be found to be so: the odds are that he is drunk.
4. the chances or likelihood of success in a certain undertaking: their odds were very poor after it rained.
5. (General Sporting Terms) an equalizing allowance, esp one given to a weaker side in a contest
6. the advantage that one contender is judged to have over another: the odds are on my team.
7. Brit a significant difference (esp in the phrase it makes no odds)
8. at odds
a. on bad terms
b. appearing not to correspond or match: the silvery hair was at odds with her youthful shape.
9. (Gambling, except Cards) give odds lay odds to offer a bet with favourable odds
10. (Gambling, except Cards) take odds to accept such a bet
11. over the odds
a. more than is expected, necessary, etc: he got two pounds over the odds for this job.
b. unfair or excessive
12. what's the odds? informal Brit what difference does it make?

odds

(ɒdz)

n. (usu. with a pl. v.)
1. the probability that something is so or is more likely to occur than something else: The odds are that it will rain today.
2. this probability, expressed as a ratio: The odds are two-to-one that it will rain today.
3. an equalizing allowance, as that given the weaker player in a contest; handicap.
4. an advantage or degree of superiority favoring one of two contestants.
5. an amount or degree by which one thing is better or worse than another.
Idioms:
1. at odds, at variance; in disagreement: at odds over politics.
2. by all odds, in every respect; undoubtedly.
[1500–10]

odds

  • across the board - An allusion to the board displaying the odds in a horse race.
  • rubble - Comes from Anglo-Norman robel, "bits of broken stone," from earlier French robe, "loot, odds and ends stolen."
  • ironic - Something is ironic if the result is the opposite of what was intended; an ironic event is an incongruous event, one at odds with what might have been expected.
  • odds and ends - The first official odds and ends were found in lumberyards—odds were pieces of board split irregularly by the sawmill, ends were pieces trimmed from boards that were cut to specific lengths.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.odds - the likelihood of a thing occurring rather than not occurringodds - the likelihood of a thing occurring rather than not occurring
likelihood, likeliness - the probability of a specified outcome
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
2.odds - the ratio by which one better's wager is greater than that of anotherodds - the ratio by which one better's wager is greater than that of another; "he offered odds of two to one"
ratio - the relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient)

odds

plural noun
1. probability, chances, likelihood What are the odds of that happening?
at odds
3. at variance, conflicting, contrary to, at odds, out of line, out of step, at sixes and sevens (informal), not in keeping, out of harmony Her inexperience is at odds with the tale she tells.
it makes no odds it makes no difference, it does not matter, it is all the same It makes no odds what I do, it'll be wrong.
odds and ends scraps, bits, pieces, remains, rubbish, fragments, litter, debris, shreds, remnants, bits and pieces, bric-a-brac, bits and bobs, oddments, odds and sods, leavings, miscellanea, sundry or miscellaneous items She packed her clothes and a few other odds and ends.

odds

noun
1. A factor conducive to superiority and success:
2. The likeliness of a given event occurring:
Translations
أرْجَحِيّه، إحْتِمالاتفَرْق، تَفاوُت
kursšance
chancesandsynlighedskævhedulighed
todennäköisyys
egyenlõtlen küzdelemkilátások
líkuryfirburîir
presila
sreča

odds

[ɒdz] NPL
1. (in betting) → puntos mpl de ventaja
to give odds of 3 to 1ofrecer 3 puntos de ventaja a 1
what odds will you give me?¿cuánta ventaja me da?
the odds on the horse are 5 to 1las apuestas al caballo están a 5 contra 1
short/long oddspocas/muchas probabilidades
to lay odds on sth (fig) → hacer apuestas sobre algo
to pay over the odds (Brit) → pagar en demasía
2. (= chances for or against) → probabilidades fpl
the odds are in his favourlo tiene todo a su favor
to fight against overwhelming oddsluchar con todo en contra
to succeed against all the oddstener éxito en contra de todas las predicciones
the odds are thatlo más probable es que ...
the odds are too greatllevamos mucha desventaja es
the odds are against ites poco probable
3. (= difference) what's the odds?¿qué importa?, ¿qué más da?
it makes no oddsda lo mismo, da igual
it makes no odds to meme da igual
4. (= variance, strife) to be at odds with sb over sthestar reñido or en desacuerdo con algn por algo
to set two people at oddsenemistar a dos personas
5. odds and ends (= bits and pieces) → trozos mpl, pedacitos mpl, corotos mpl (Col, Ven); [of cloth etc] → retazos mpl, retales mpl; [of food] → restos mpl, sobras fpl
there were odds and ends of machineryhabía piezas sueltas de máquinas
6. all the odds and sodstodo quisque, todo hijo de vecina

odds

[ˈɒdz] npl
(in betting)cote f
at odds of 5 to 1 → à une cote de 5 contre 1
(= chances) → chances fpl
The odds are against him → Les chances sont contre lui.
The odds are in their favour → Les chances sont de leur côté.
The odds are against his coming → Il y a peu de chances qu'il vienne.
the odds are that ...
The odds are that it will rain tomorrow → Il y a des chances qu'il pleuve demain.
to shorten the odds on sth (= make more likely) → augmenter les chances de qch
to lengthen the odds on sth → diminuer les chances de qch
against all the odds → contre toute attente
to succeed against all the odds → réussir contre toute attente
it makes no odds (= no difference) → cela ne fait aucune différence
Whatever he did, it made no odds to her → Quoi qu'il fasse, cela ne faisait aucune différence pour elle.
to be at odds (= in disagreement) [people, countries] → être en désaccord
to be at odds with sb → être en désaccord avec qn
to be at odds with sth (= out of keeping with) → jurer avec qchodds and ends npl (= objects) → bricoles fpl
to do a few odds and ends (= little jobs) → faire des petits boulotsodds-on [ˌɒdzˈɒn] adj
it's odds-on that ... (= very likely)
It's odds-on that she'll win → Il y a de fortes chances pour qu'elle gagne.odds-on favourite ngrand favori m

odds

pl
(Betting) → Odds pl; (of bookmaker)Kurse pl, → Odds pl; the odds are 6 to 1die Chancen stehen 6 zu 1 (written: 6:1); long/short oddsgeringe/hohe Gewinnchancen pl; he won at long oddser hat mit einer hohen Gewinnquote gewonnen; fixed oddsfeste Kurse pl; to lay or give odds of 2 to 1 (against somebody)den Kurs mit 2 zu 1 (written: 2:1) → (gegen jdn) angeben; I’ll lay odds (of 3 to 1) that … (fig)ich wette (3 gegen 1), dass …
(= chances for or against)Chance(n) f(pl); the odds were against usalles sprach gegen uns; in spite of the tremendous odds against him …obwohl alles so völlig gegen ihn sprach or war …; the odds were in our favour (Brit) or favor (US) → alles sprach für uns; against all the odds he wonwider Erwarten or entgegen allen Erwartungen gewann er; what are the odds on/against …?wie sind or stehen die Chancen, dass …/dass … nicht?; to fight against heavy/overwhelming odds (Mil) → gegen eine große/überwältigende gegnerische Übermacht ankämpfen; to struggle against impossible oddsso gut wie keine Aussicht auf Erfolg haben; the odds are that he will comees sieht ganz so aus, als ob er käme or kommen würde; to lengthen/shorten the oddsdie Chancen erhöhen/verringern
(inf) to pay over the oddszu viel bezahlen; foreign buyers who are prepared to pay over the oddsAusländer, die gewillt sind, überhöhte Preise zu bezahlen
(= difference) what’s the odds?was macht das schon (aus)?; it makes no oddses spielt keine Rolle; it makes no odds to mees ist mir (völlig) einerlei; does it really make any odds if I don’t come?macht es etwas aus, wenn ich nicht komme?
(= variance) to be at odds with somebody over somethingmit jdm in etw (dat)nicht übereinstimmen; we are at odds as to the best solutionwir gehen nicht darin einig, wie das am besten gelöst werden soll; to be at odds with oneselfmit sich selbst nicht klarkommen

odds

[ɒdz] npl
a. (Betting) → probabilità fpl
the odds on the horse are 5 to 1 → danno il cavallo 5 a 1
short/long odds → alta/bassa probabilità
the odds are in his favour → i pronostici sono a suo favore
to fight against overwhelming odds → lottare contro enormi difficoltà
to succeed against all the odds → riuscire contro ogni aspettativa
the odds are that ... → è facile or probabile che...
the odds are against his coming → è poco probabile che venga
b. (difference) what's the odds? (fam) → che differenza fa?, cosa cambia?
it makes no odds → non fa differenza
c. (variance, strife) to be at odds with sb over sthessere in disaccordo con qn su qc

odd

(od) adjective
1. unusual; strange. He's wearing very odd clothes; a very odd young man.
2. (of a number) that cannot be divided exactly by 2. 5 and 7 are odd (numbers).
3. not one of a pair, set etc. an odd shoe.
4. occasional; free. at odd moments.
ˈoddityplural ˈoddities noun
a strange person or thing. He's a bit of an oddity.
ˈoddly adverb
strangely. He is behaving very oddly.
ˈoddment noun
a piece left over from something. an oddment of material.
odds noun plural
1. chances; probability. The odds are that he will win.
2. a difference in strength, in favour of one side. They are fighting against heavy odds.
odd jobs
(usually small) jobs of various kinds, often done for other people. He's unemployed, but earns some money by doing odd jobs for old people.
odd job man
a person employed to do such jobs.
be at odds
to be quarrelling. He has been at odds with his brother for years.
make no odds
to be unimportant. We haven't got much money, but that makes no odds.
oddly enough
it is strange or remarkable (that). I saw John this morning. Oddly enough, I was just thinking I hadn't seen him for a long time.
odd man out / odd one out
1. a person or thing that is different from others. In this test, you have to decide which of these three objects is the odd one out.
2. a person or thing that is left over when teams etc are made up. When they chose the two teams, I was the odd man out.
odds and ends
small objects etc of different kinds. There were various odds and ends lying about on the table.
what's the odds?
it's not important; it doesn't matter. We didn't win the competition but what's the odds?
References in classic literature ?
Amy did not come, Meg went to her room to try on a new dress, Jo was absorbed in her story, and Hannah was sound asleep before the kitchen fire, when Beth quietly put on her hood, filled her basket with odds and ends for the poor children, and went out into the chilly air with a heavy head and a grieved look in her patient eyes.
Dur- ing the winter he read to her all of the odds and ends of thoughts he had scribbled on the bits of paper.
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.
But, as before hinted, for some time there was a continual fetching and carrying on board of divers odds and ends of things, both large and small.
This floor was filthy, yet they set Antanas with his mop slopping the "pickle" into a hole that connected with a sink, where it was caught and used over again forever; and if that were not enough, there was a trap in the pipe, where all the scraps of meat and odds and ends of refuse were caught, and every few days it was the old man's task to clean these out, and shovel their contents into one of the trucks with the rest of the meat!
In twice a thousand years shall the unholy invention of man labor at odds to beget the fellow to this majestic lie
Maybe so, maybe not; but without ever having seen him, and judging only by his illegal and spectacular parentage, I will bet the odds of a bale of hay to a bran mash that he looks it.
As we tramped gaily out at the gate of the town, we overtook a peasant's cart, partly laden with odds and ends of cabbages and similar vegetable rubbish, and drawn by a small cow and a smaller donkey yoked together.
In a barrel of odds and ends it is different; things get mixed up, and the juice kind of swaps around, and the things go better.
She took off her handkerchief turban and dressed her glossy wealth of hair "like white folks"; she added some odds and ends of rather lurid ribbon and a spray of atrocious artificial flowers; finally she threw over her shoulders a fluffy thing called a "cloud" in that day, which was of a blazing red complexion.
He went on listening, and gathered by odds and ends that it was conjectured at first that the boys had got drowned while taking a swim; then the small raft had been missed; next, certain boys said the missing lads had promised that the village should "hear some- thing" soon; the wise-heads had "put this and that together" and decided that the lads had gone off on that raft and would turn up at the next town below, presently; but toward noon the raft had been found, lodged against the Missouri shore some five or six miles below the village -- and then hope perished; they must be drowned, else hunger would have driven them home by nightfall if not sooner.
Whenever we suggested any plan, there was shrinking--the odds were fearful.