1 the chances of something happening
(the) odds are (that) (=it is likely that):
The odds are they won’t succeed.
the odds are in favour of something/(stacked) against something (=it is likely/unlikely to happen):
The odds were always in favour of a South African victory.
the odds are in someone’s favour/(stacked) against someone (=they are likely/unlikely to succeed):
The odds were stacked against him, but he never gave up.
What are the odds...?:
What are the odds Jim will show up this time?
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