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UK [ɒdz] / US [ɑdz] noun [plural]
1) the chances of something happening
the odds of doing something:

The odds of getting hit by a falling satellite are very small.

(the) odds are (that) (= it is likely that):

The odds are they won't succeed.

the odds are in favour of something/(stacked) against something (= it is likely/unlikely to happen):

The odds were always in favour of a South African victory.

the odds are in someone's favour/(stacked) against someone (= they are likely/unlikely to succeed):

The odds were stacked against him, but he never gave up.

What are the odds...?:

What are the odds Jim will show up this time?

2) the chances that are used for calculating how much money you will get if the person or thing you bet on wins a race or competition

I didn't bet on the horse because I didn't like the odds.

give/lay/offer (someone) odds of something:

They're giving odds of 5–1 against a knockout in the first round.

3) difficulties or conditions that make success unlikely

Left alone, they were fighting against overwhelming odds.

against all (the) odds:

Against all the odds, we won our case on appeal.

at odds (with) — disagreeing with someone; if things are at odds with each other, they are different or opposite when they should be the same

She continued to find herself at odds with the chairman.

This statement is completely at odds with what was said last week.

it/something doesn't make any odds (to me)British

informal used for saying that something does not matter to you

You can come if you like. It makes no odds to me.

long/short odds — an unlikely/likely chance of winning if you bet on a horse in a race or on the result of a competition

what's the odds?British

informal used for saying that something does not matter

We'll miss the bus, but what's the odds? There's another at 10.00.

English dictionary. 2014.

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