Definition of odds
- won the election by considerable odds
- overwhelming odds
- what's the odds, if thinking so makes them happy
- —Flora Thompson
- the odds are against it
- by all odds the best book of the year
: the possibility that something will happen : the chance that one thing will happen instead of a different thing
: conditions that make it difficult for something to happen
: two numbers that show how much a person can win by betting a certain amount of money
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