beat the odds

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

beat play
  1. : to strike repeatedly:

  2. : to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain

  3. : to walk on : tread

  1. : a single stroke or blow especially in a series

  2. : a sound produced by or as if by beating (see 1beat)

  3. : a driving impact or force

  1. : being in a state of exhaustion : exhausted

  2. : sapped of resolution or morale

  3. : of, relating to, or being beatniks

  1. : beatnik

odds play
  1. : inequalities

  2. : degree of unlikeness

  3. : an amount by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another


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