Odds n. sing. & pl.
1. Difference in favor of one and against another; excess of one of two things or numbers over the other; inequality; advantage; superiority; hence, excess of chances; probability. The odds are often expressed by a ratio; as, the odds are three to one that he will win, i. e. he will win three times out of four “Preeminent by so much odds.” --Milton. “The fearful odds of that unequal fray.”
Is that we scarce are men and you are gods. --Shak.
There appeared, at least, four to one odds against them. --Swift.
All the odds between them has been the different scope . . . given to their understandings to range in. --Locke.
Judging is balancing an account and determining on which side the odds lie. --Locke.
2. Quarrel; dispute; debate; strife; -- chiefly in the phrase at odds.
Set them into confounding odds. --Shak.
I can not speak
Any beginning to this peevish odds. --Shak.
At odds, in dispute; at variance. “These squires at odds did fall.” --Spenser. “He flashes into one gross crime or other, that sets us all at odds.” --Shak.
It is odds, it is probable; same as odds are, but no longer used. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.
odds are it is probable; as, odds are he will win the gold medal.
Odds and ends, that which is left; remnants; fragments; refuse; scraps; miscellaneous articles. “My brain is filled . . . with all kinds of odds and ends.” --W. Irving.
slim odds low odds; poor chances; as, there are slim odds he will win any medal.
n 1: the probability of a specified outcome [syn: likelihood, likeliness]
[ant: unlikelihood, unlikelihood]
2: the ratio by which one better's wager is greater than that
of another; "he offered odds of two to one" [syn: betting