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CIDE DICTIONARY

oddsn. sing. & pl. [See Odd, a.].
  •  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  Trench.  [1913 Webster]
    "The odds
    Is that we scarce are men and you are gods.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "There appeared, at least, four to one odds against them."  [1913 Webster]
    "All the odds between them has been the different scope . . . given to their understandings to range in."  [1913 Webster]
    "Judging is balancing an account and determining on which side the odds lie."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Quarrel; dispute; debate; strife; -- chiefly in the phrase at odds.  [1913 Webster]
    "Set them into confounding odds."  [1913 Webster]
    "I can not speak
    Any beginning to this peevish odds.
    "  [1913 Webster]
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.

OXFORD DICTIONARY

odds, n.pl.
1 the ratio between the amounts staked by the parties to a bet, based on the expected probability either way.
2 the chances or balance of probability in favour of or against some result (the odds are against it; the odds are that it will rain).
3 the balance of advantage (the odds are in your favour; won against all the odds).
4 an equalizing allowance to a weaker competitor.
5 a difference giving an advantage (it makes no odds).

Idiom
at odds (often foll. by with) in conflict or at variance. by all odds certainly. lay (or give) odds offer a bet with odds favourable to the other better. odds and ends miscellaneous articles or remnants. odds-on a state when success is more likely than failure, esp. as indicated by the betting odds. over the odds above a generally agreed price etc. take odds offer a bet with odds unfavourable to the other better. what's the odds? colloq. what does it matter?
Etymology
app. pl. of ODD n.: cf. NEWS

THESAURUS

odds

advantage, agreement to disagree, allowance, aptitude, asymmetry, at daggers drawn, at loggerheads, at odds, at variance, bulge, chance, chances, clashing, coign of vantage, conflicting, contrariety, contrast, cross-purposes, deadwood, debris, departure, deviation, difference, difference of opinion, differing, difficulty, disaccord, disaccordance, disagreeing, disagreement, disconformity, discongruity, discordance, discrepancy, discreteness, disequilibrium, disparity, disproportion, dissent, dissimilarity, dissonance, distinction, distinctness, divergence, divergency, diversity, dividedness, division, draw, drop, edge, equivalent odds, even break, even chance, expectation, fair expectation, fair shake, far cry, favorable prospect, fifty-fifty, flying start, fragments, good chance, half a chance, handicap, head start, heterogeneity, hundred-to-one shot, imbalance, in disagreement, in opposition, inaccordance, inadequacy, incompatibility, incongruity, inconsistency, inconsonance, inequality, inequity, inharmonious, inharmoniousness, inharmony, injustice, inside track, insufficiency, irreconcilability, irregularity, jump, lead, leavings, leftovers, liability, likelihood, likeliness, litter, long odds, long shot, misunderstanding, mixture, no chance, nonconformity, nonuniformity, oddments, odds and ends, opposition, otherness, out of line, outlook, overbalance, particles, polarization, presumption, presumptive evidence, price, probabilism, probability, prospect, reasonable ground, reasonable hope, rubbish, running start, scraps, separateness, short odds, shortcoming, shreds, small chance, something extra, something in reserve, square odds, standoff, start, superiority, tendency, toss, toss-up, touch and go, unbalance, unconformity, unevenness, unfair discrimination, unlikeness, unorthodoxy, upper hand, vantage, vantage ground, vantage point, variance, variation, variegation, variety, verisimilitude, well-grounded hope, whip hand

ROGET THESAURUS

odds

Inequality

N inequality, disparity, imparity, odds, difference, unevenness, inclination of the balance, partiality, bias, weight, shortcoming, casting weight, make-weight, superiority, inferiority, inequation, unequal, uneven, disparate, partial, unbalanced, overbalanced, top-heavy, lopsided, biased, skewed, disquiparant, haud passibus aequis.

Discord

N discord, disagreement, discord, disaccord, dissidence, dissonance, jar, clash, shock, jarring, jostling, screw loose, variance, difference, dissension, misunderstanding, cross purposes, odds, brouillerie, division, split, rupture, disruption, division in the camp, house divided against itself, disunion, breach, schism, feud, faction, quarrel, dispute, tiff, tracasserie, squabble, altercation, barney, demel_e, snarl, spat, towrow, words, high words, wrangling, jangle, brabble, cross questions and crooked answers, snip-snap, family jars, polemics, litigation, strife, warfare, outbreak, open rupture, declaration of war, broil, brawl, row, racket, hubbub, rixation, embroilment, embranglement, imbroglio, fracas, breach of the peace, piece of work, scrimmage, rumpus, breeze, squall, riot, disturbance, commotion, bear garden, Donnybrook, Donnybrook Fair, subject of dispute, ground of quarrel, battle ground, disputed point, bone of contention, bone to pick, apple of discord, casus belli, question at issue, vexed question, vexata quaestio, brand of discord, troublous times, cat-and-dog life, contentiousness, enmity, hate, Kilkenny cats, disputant, strange bedfellows, discordant, disagreeing, out of tune, ajar, on bad terms, dissentient, unreconciled, unpacified, contentious, quarrelsome, unpacific, gladiatorial, controversial, polemic, disputatious, factious, litigious, litigant, pettifogging, at odds, at loggerheads, at daggers drawn, at variance, at issue, at cross purposes, at sixes and sevens, at feud, at high words, up in arms, together by the ears, in hot water, embroiled, torn, disunited, quot homines tot sententiae, no love lost between them, non nostrum tantas componere lites, Mars gravior sub pace latet, discord, discordance, dissonance, cacophony, want of harmony, caterwauling, harshness, Babel, Dutch concert, cat's concert, marrowbones and cleavers, discordant, dissonant, absonant, out of tune, tuneless, unmusical, untunable, unmelodious, immelodious, unharmonious, inharmonious, singsong, cacophonous, harsh, jarring.

Chance

N chance, lot, fate, luck, good luck, mascot, speculation, venture, stake, game of chance, mere shot, random shot, blind bargain, leap in the dark, pig in a poke, fluke, potluck, faro bank, flyer, limit, uncertainty, uncertainty principle, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, drawing lots, sortilegy, sortition, sortes, sortes Virgilianae, rouge et noir, hazard, ante, chuck-a-luck, crack-loo, craps, faro, roulette, pitch and toss, chuck, farthing, cup tossing, heads or tails cross and pile, poker-dice, wager, bet, betting, gambling, the turf, gaming house, gambling house, betting house, bucket shop, gambling joint, totalizator, totalizer, hell, betting ring, dice, dice box, gambler, gamester, man of the turf, adventurer, dicer, fortuitous, unintentional, unintended, accidental, not meant, undesigned, purposed, unpremeditated, unforeseen, uncontemplated, never thought of, random, indiscriminate, promiscuous, undirected, aimless, driftless, designless, purposeless, causeless, without purpose, possible, unforeseeable, unpredictable, chancy, risky, speculative, dicey, randomly, by chance, fortuitously, unpredictably, unforeseeably, casually, unintentionally, unwittingly, en passant, by the way, incidentally, as it may happen, at random, at a venture, at haphazard, acierta errando, dextro tempore, fearful concatenation of circumstances, fortuitous combination of circumstances, le jeu est le fils d'avarice et le pere du desespo, the happy combination of fortuitous circumstances, the fortuitous or casual concourse of atoms, God does not play dice with the universe, chance, indetermination, accident, fortune, hazard, hap, haphazard, chance medley, random, luck, raccroc, casualty, contingence, adventure, hit, fate, equal chance, lottery, tombola, toss up, turn of the table, turn of the cards, hazard of the die, chapter of accidents, fickle finger of fate, cast of the dice, throw of the dice, heads or tails, flip of a coin, wheel of Fortune, sortes, sortes Virgilianae, probability, possibility, odds, long odds, run of luck, accidentalness, main chance, odds on, favorable odds, contingency, dependence (uncertainty), situation (circumstance), statistics, theory of Probabilities, theory of Chances, bookmaking, assurance, speculation, gaming, casual, fortuitous, accidental, adventitious, causeless, incidental, contingent, uncaused, undetermined, indeterminate, random, statistical, possible, unintentional, by chance, accidentally, by accident, casually, perchance, for aught one knows, as good would have it, as bad would have it, as luck would have it, as ill-luck would have it, as chance would have it, as it may be, as it may chance, as it may turn up, as it may happen, as the case may be, grasps the skirts of happy chance, the accident of an accident, There but for the grace of God go I.


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