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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Odds \Odds\ ([o^]dz), n. sing. & pl. [See Odd, a.]
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
All the odds between them has been the different
scope . . . given to their understandings to range
Judging is balancing an account and determining on
which side the odds lie. --Locke.
2. Quarrel; dispute; debate; strife; -- chiefly in the phrase
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
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.
slim odds low odds; poor chances; as, there are slim odds
he will win any medal.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
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