noun (plural)
1 PROBABILITY how likely it is that something will or will not happen, especially when this can be stated in numbers: If you are male, the odds are about 1 in 12 of being colour-blind. | the odds are (that) (=it is likely): Invest now - the odds are that the share prices will rise after the budget. | odds in favour of: The odds are in favour of a Russian victory. | odds against: The odds against you getting killed in a plane crash are around a million to one.
a) enormous/heavy odds difficulties which make a good result seem very unlikely: Theresa has overcome enormous odds to get where she is today.
b) against all (the) odds in spite of great difficulties: Against all the odds, racing driver Lauda recovered from his terrible injuries.
3 be at odds (with)
a) to disagree: Briggs found himself at odds with his colleagues at NASA.
b) if two statements, descriptions, actions etc are at odds with each other, they are different although they should be the same: Burt's latest evidence is at odds with his earlier statements.
4 HORSE RACING ETC numbers based on the probability of a horse winning a race, or a particular result in any competition, which show by how much you can increase your money if you bet 1 (1) on the one that wins: I bet -10 on Broadway Flyer with the odds at 6-1. | lay/offer (sb) odds: I laid him odds of 7-2. | long/short odds (=odds based on a high or low risk of losing)
5 it makes no odds/what's the odds? BrE spoken it makes no difference: You can pay me now or later - it makes no odds.
6 pay/charge over the odds BrE informal to pay or charge a higher price than is usual or reasonable: There's always somebody ready to pay over the odds for a designer jacket.
—see also: have the odds stacked against you stack 2 (3)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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