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 for odds are
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."
        --Trench.
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              The odds
              Is that we scarce are men and you are gods. --Shak.
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              There appeared, at least, four to one odds against
              them.                                 --Swift.
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              All the odds between them has been the different
              scope . . . given to their understandings to range
              in.                                   --Locke.
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              Judging is balancing an account and determining on
              which side the odds lie.              --Locke.
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     2. Quarrel; dispute; debate; strife; -- chiefly in the phrase
        at odds.
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              Set them into confounding odds.       --Shak.
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              I can not speak
              Any beginning to this peevish odds.   --Shak.
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     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
        medal.
  
     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.
        Irving.
  
     slim odds low odds; poor chances; as, there are slim odds
        he will win any medal.
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