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odds

noun [plural] uk   /ɒdz/ us    /ɑːdz/
C1 the probability (= how likely it is) that a particular thing will or will not happen: If you drive a car all your life, the odds are that you'll have an accident at some point. There are heavy odds against people succeeding in such a bad economic climate. What are the odds on him being (= do you think he will be) re-elected? The odds are stacked against a woman succeeding (= it is not likely that a woman will succeed) in the business. in gambling (= the activity of risking money guessing the result of something), a probability expressed as a number: The odds against my horse winning (= that it will not win)/on my horse winning (= that it will win) are a hundred to one. The odds that the US entrant will win the race are ten to one.
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