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English definition of “(the) chances are”

(the) chances are

informal
C2 it is likely: Chances are (that) they'll be late anyway.Possible and probable
(Definition of (the) chances are from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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