beat the odds


: to succeed despite not having a good chance of succeeding
Most new restaurants fail, but this one somehow managed to beat the odds.

Examples of beat the odds in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Music Grammy Awards beat the odds in Las Vegas with Jon Batiste and Silk Sonic the night’s biggest winners April 3, 2022 The similarly high-profile Record of the Year nominations went to many of the same artists, all but one a woman. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 Idle beat the odds after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019 and survived. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2023 Read more: How Cordova helps children beat the odds in math. Rebecca Griesbach |, al, 19 Sep. 2023 Baltimore is a brick city but this pair (there were once a row of eight) of oak and yellow pine structures, with cypress shingles, beat the odds of fire and development. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 16 Sep. 2023 So, what needs to go right for the Patriots to beat the odds? Nicole Yang,, 7 Sep. 2023 Nicholas Kapoor, a statistics professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut, beat the odds and purchased a winning Powerball ticket in 2016. Sara Chernikoff, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2023 But over the past four decades, Strait has not only beat the odds of a fickle industry, but became a standard-bearer, by keeping a laser focus on what matters most: the music, and artistry, and the fans. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 29 July 2023 Now, if children don’t beat the odds and secure a green card before their 18th birthday, they are transitioned out of the foster care system. Lautaro Grinspan, ajc, 6 July 2023 See More

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“Beat the odds.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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