odds are


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • odds are it is probable; as, odds are he will win the gold medal.
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  • Henry Kissinger
    “If we do what is necessary, all the odds are in our favor.”
  • Thom Gunn
    Thom Gunn
    “My thoughts are crowded with death and it draws so oddly on the sexual that I am confused to be attracted by, in effect, my own annihilation.”
  • Arnold Palmer
    Arnold Palmer
    “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”
  • Mark Twain
    “A man can seldom -- very, very, seldom -- fight a winning fight against his training; the odds are too heavy.”
  • Sally Kempton
    Sally Kempton
    “Women are natural guerrillas. Scheming, we nestle into the enemy's bed, avoiding open warfare, watching the options, playing the odds.”


In literature:

How oddly certain distinctive features are handed down in families!
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
A list of the Odd members is given in the little book; but who cares what, or who, the Odds are, as long as they each and all are happy?
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99, October 18, 1890" by Various
The boy fell heir to all those odd jobs that boys in his position are expected to tackle.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
Therefore, the odds against chance coincidence are very great.
"The Book of Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang
Odd enough traits of character are developed by seeing men under such trying circumstances.
"A Residence in France" by J. Fenimore Cooper
We all are fond of him, in short, the Boxes with the Gods; That he's a first-rate fellow we would gladly lay the odds.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100., Jan. 31, 1891" by Various
Her hands, though too thin, are rather pretty and aristocratic, and weighted heavily with odd-looking rings.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
The odds are equal, and you have papers which I must have.
"The Light That Lures" by Percy Brebner
In a world where men are mostly at odds, all agree in their attitude towards these innocents.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
These sayings of his remind one oddly of his art; and some of his comments on life are hardly less forcible and to the point.
"Since Cézanne" by Clive Bell
There are a few other odds and ends worth mentioning.
"Haydn" by John F. Runciman
They are odd and with very little care may he grown in a small garden.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
They are as thick as thieves, and he's always coming to the house, dropping in at odd hours.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
The borders are black and white, with some coloured lines, in odd zigzag patterns.
"The Cathedral Church of Peterborough" by W.D. Sweeting
It is very odd how unevenly the necessaries of existence are distributed in this country.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 99, March, 1876" by Various
How odd it seems, how unnaturally happy we are!
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
Such odds are too great.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXLV. July, 1844. Vol. LVI." by Various
How odd you are, Jacob!
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Fate has driven me into a corner where my odds and ends of knowledge are actually valuable.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
How odd it is that all improvements are ridiculed at first.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith

In poetry:

We all, alas! are enemies of God's —
We all are with our righteous Judge at odds —
And had been still, had Christ not laid the plan
Of peace, of lasting peace, 'twixt God and man.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Wherever you go, you will find the earth's masses,
Are always divided in just these two classes.
And oddly enough, you will find too, I ween,
There's only one lifter to twenty who lean.
"Which Are You?" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Two Undergraduates came up,
And slowly took a seat,
They knit their brows, and bit their thumbs,
As if they found them sweet,
And this was odd, because you know
Thumbs are not good to eat.
"The Vulture and the Husbandman" by Arthur Clement Hilton
It's the way o' the Warl' aye tae soun' weel the fame—
Nae odds hoo he gat it—o' the chiel wi' a name;
But the nameless, though giftit, are caul' i' the yird,
Ere a sang or a word i' their praise she wull mird!
"The Way of The Warl'" by Janet Hamilton
Ah no, the stars I will not curse:
Though things are bad they might be worse.
So when vast constellations shine
I drink to them in ruby wine;
For they themselves,—although it odd is,
Somehow give me a sense that God is.
"My Vineyard" by Robert W Service
What bootes it then to come from glorious
Forefathers, or to haue been nobly bredd?
What oddes twixt Irus and old Inachus,
Twixt best and worst, when both alike are dedd;
If none of neither mention should make,
Nor out of dust their memories awake?
"The Teares of the Muses" by Edmund Spenser

In news:

SC retirees are at odds with current workers pension plan.
The odds of us ever winning the lottery are about as high as our shot at scoring any of the babes we feature: approximately zero.
The odds are five times greater in boys.
The odds are that Terrell Manning will suit up again for N.C. State in 2012 and he'll become a leader and playmaker in the mold of Nate Irving.
Political bettering sites are weighing the odds and indicating a possible winner in the presidential race.
Those are odds the hundreds of governors and senators.
Odds Are Favorable in Toronto.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – Winemakers are often considered an odd lot.
Exelon Nuclear officials and Byron School District officials are at odds with each other and the Ogle County Supervisor of Assessments over the value Byron Generating Station.
If you are a Cable One customer in Sherman/Denison and a Dallas Mavericks fan, odds are you haven't been getting many games so far this season, and the cable company has no plans to change that this season.
Doctors say they are optimistic about Rep Gabrielle Giffords' odds.
If John Hollinger's playoff odds are to be believed, the Spurs have a better chance than any other team of lifting another one of these.
But the odds are long that the cycle, mostly ongoing for at least 75 years, will ever end.
And the cutest odd couples, of course, are animals who make the unlikeliest of friends.
Ask any experienced outdoorsman just what makes deer so tough to hunt and, odds are, the first thing he or she will mention is their keen sense of smell.

In science:

This means that the components Cyij are even under y → −y , while Cijk are odd (where i, j, k denote all directions other than y ).
Bosonic M Theory
Now observe that the segments on a spine must alternate: odd numbered segments are parts of D, while the even-numbered segments are parts of C .
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
If the sequence of steps has odd length, there are two possibilities: either both the preceding and the succeeding steps are rises as in region A in Figure 7), or they are both falls as in region C.
Path counting and random matrix theory
By Proposition 3.5, either rkAb(G) = rkAb(H ) = 2 and p, q are both even, or rkAb(G) = rkAb(H ) = 1 and p, q are both odd.
Artin groups of spherical type up to isomorphism
Note that if either m or n is odd then the last two terms are zero, which is consistent with equation (12), as in this case N C (ǫ1 )(m) and N C (ǫ2 )(n) are empty.
Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: II. Unitary Random Matrices
Let Γ(M ) be the graph whose vertices are elements of I , and i, j are connected if mij is odd.
New deformations of group algebras of Coxeter groups
The random graphs for the simulations are produced in the following way: n nodes i are given degrees ki drawn from P (k), if P ki is odd then a randomly chosen node has its degree increased by 1.
Potts Model On Random Trees
The combined distributions P even + P odd are also plotted in the insets of Figs. 3.
Scaling of Entanglement Entropy in the Random Singlet Phase
The matrices A and D are even, and X, Y are odd (linearly depend on fermionic variables).
New Integrable System of 2dim Fermions from Strings on AdS_5 x S^5
The differences hn − hn−1 are constant functions on Fig. 1(a), triangular (that is, x 7→ const · x) on Fig. 1(b), while on Fig. 1(c) they are constant for odd n and triangular for even n.
Brownian local minima, random dense countable sets and random equivalence classes
The trajectories between consecutive x-extrema, (wxk +t − wxk : t ∈ [0, xk+1 − xk ]) with k ∈ Z, are independent, and the ones corresponding to even non zero k (resp. odd k) are identical ly distributed.
One dimensional diffusion in an asymmetric random environment
If N is even, the two hyperplanes H1 and H2 are non-tangent to X –If N is odd, the two hyperplanes H1 and H2 are tangent to X .
Codes defined by forms of degree 2 on quadric and non-degenerate hermitian varieties in $\mathbb{P}^{4}(\mathbb{F}_q)$}
Now there are only J − c − (I − 1) moments of time to be chosen where one inserts sequences of odd edges, since I − 1 such moments are determined by the I − 1 sub-Dyck paths and the preceding insertions.
Wigner random matrices with non-symmetrically distributed entries
However, if the number of π electrons is odd, the properties of such conjugated hydrocarbons are different from those of a superconductor. • The alkali-doped fullerenes discussed in Section 3 are able to superconduct but they are electron-doped.
Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity from a Practical Point of View
If Y A are the odd coordinates and X a are the For nodd 6= 0, there are always tachyons. even coordinates, any function f (Y , X ) satisfying f (−Y , X ) = −f (Y , X ) corresponds to the matter component of an allowed tachyon vertex operator : f (X, Y ) :.
Charting the landscape of supercritical string theory