• WordNet 3.6
    • adj odds-on having a better than even chance of success "the odds-on favorite"
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “I have lived some thirty-odd years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.”
  • 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.”


In literature:

I could get big odds on him.
"You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter" by Gilbert Parker
The expression on Mr. Hungerford's face was an odd one.
"Cap'n Dan's Daughter" by Joseph C. Lincoln
S. We are struggling on, considering all things, against odds.
"The Voyages of Captain Scott" by Charles Turley
On a level spot in the centre was a company of odd-looking personages playing at ninepins.
"Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four." by William H. Elson
On the other hand, it was clear that we were fighting against long odds.
"Prisoner for Blasphemy" by G. W. [George William] Foote
Yet if she wasn't young then she was old; and this threw an odd light on her having a husband of a different generation.
"What Maisie Knew" by Henry James
But what an odd idea of hers to go on to the Chat Noir afterwards; it was her idea, I suppose?
"Swann's Way" by Marcel Proust
On this occasion he was oddly stiff and uncordial.
"The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders" by Ernest Scott
Nevertheless, odd as it may seem, the small stock of facts bearing on the subject which we possess point to a contrary conclusion.
"Birds in Town and Village" by W. H. Hudson
He let their best man off twice in one over, off Billy, to-day; and the chap went on and made a hundred odd.
"Mike" by P. G. Wodehouse
Sally was on the point of calling to him, when his behaviour became so odd that astonishment checked her.
"The Adventures of Sally" by P. G. Wodehouse
There was a sullen look on his face, and his tightened mouth deepened the odd, incongruous dimple.
"Snow-Blind" by Katharine Newlin Burt
Three to one now on the odd trick.
"Ernest Maltravers, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
How odd that an hour or two on the railway should have brought me amongst a people who speak no English!
"Passages From the English Notebooks, Volume 1" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
So, though he did think it odd, he went on again.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
I asked you some odd questions, on the day when you first dined here?
"The Fallen Leaves" by Wilkie Collins
Dan's gait was odd, stilted, like he was leaning on Lil for support.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
His face took on an odd, rigid look.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
I found it on the floor at the Mansion House, where I was engaged as odd waiter for a banquet.
"The Czar's Spy" by William Le Queux
It was odd, to say no more; and the widow dwelt on the innocent countenance of the bride with pity and admiration.
"Precaution" by James Fenimore Cooper

In poetry:

Seven hundred years odd, next August
Skegness got a bit of a shock
When a great crowd of fellers on horses
Were seen gathered under the clock
"King John" by Stanley Holloway
While some men who on earth are gods,
Are with the God of heaven at odds,
My heart, where hellish legions are,
Is with the host of hell at war.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
His record was an evil one,
Of violence and sin.
No good on earth he'd ever done,
Yet—may he Heaven win!
A gangster he . . . Is it not odd?
—With guts of God.
"The Bandit" by Robert W Service
Can it be, can it be, the world is so varied,
Human hearts never beat on chords that are even!
Is versatile man so odd, or so seared
That perfect accord is known but in Heaven!
"Kindred Spirits" by Jared Barhite
And so they seized him in the night,
And on the sacrificial stone
The axe-men of the Tribe did smite,
Until one limb he ceased to own.
There! They had equalized the odds,
Foiling unfairness of the Gods.
"Equality" by Robert W Service
- Of the four involved there walks but one
On earth at this late day.
And what of the chapter so begun?
In that odd complex what was done?
Well; happiness comes in full to none:
Let peace lie on lulled lips: I will not say.
"The Contretemps" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

The Philippe Starck-designed restaurant on the Sunset Strip pampers guests with service and small plates with some odd concepts.
Christian Christianson of Aberdeen resurfaces the Odde center ice on Aberdeen¿s Zamboni .
If you've done a Google search today, you may have been puzzled by the odd illustration on the search engine site's web page.
Some might see Blondie and Devo as an oddly matched pair on a '70s nostalgia double bill, but Deborah Harry will give you an argument on a couple of points.
One gambling website, MyTopSportsbooks.com, puts the odds of the world ending on Dec 21 at 300 million to 1.
Was Sawyer's behavior odd on election night.
The odds were in favor of the Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday night.
At odds on Secure Communities.
On Drug Testing, Miller Wound Up at Odds With the Union.
Gulf Coast States at Odds on Penalties for Oil Spill.
The White House on Thursday said Mitt Romney is " at odds with the truth" for the belief, as he told donors on a call, that "extraordinary financial gifts" from the administration to minority voters won the election for President Obama.
Aunt Els led at every call to turn back odds-on favorite.
New member from Australia , Mum to 7 year old boy with ADHD and ODD on Ritalin.
Berger 's odd position on health exchange.
Feinstein's Challenger Toils on Against All Odds.

In science:

Thus, we have δ > 0 (δ < 0) if even (odd) bonds are stronger on average.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
On a tree, it takes an even number of steps to make a closed walk, and µk = 0 for odd k .
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Assume that hk (x, t) has been defined for t ≤ m − 1, 1 ≤ k ≤ n with labels on the vertical sides and such that the distance between a left vertical and a right vertical side is always odd.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Split the last sum into two depending on whether j is even or odd and compute the limits of the Riemann sums obtained.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
We now suppose that one direction of spacetime is compactified on S 1/Z2 , and the fourform F is odd under the Z2 identification.
Bosonic M Theory
P[Tmv < t − t′ | Tmv < Tmo ] ≥ P[T ′ 0,n−1−m < t − t′ ], where T ′ denotes hitting time for biased simple random walk {X ′ k } on the integers with odds of going left and right equal 1 : g .
Fast graphs for the random walker
Obviously, the difference in average energies between even and odd states, ζ , will depend on the sign for the average over selconjugate states.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
This expression gives the x-c-tra jectory which is interestingly independent on the depth k (as long as k is odd).
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
In the second equation, the notation [., .]deg F is a commutator or anticommutator depending on that F is even or odd.
Generalized Noncommutative Supersymmetry from a New Gauge Symmetry
For this proof we have used on purpose the notation ψ i , ϕj for the columns of Jv , Jv−1 , respectively, which, without loss of generality, can be considered as even and odd combinations of the basic factors.
Minimum aberration designs of resolution III
In the cases of odd p we were not able to prove the sign definiteness of the remainder, although as we will discuss we believe this to be the case on a physical basis.
Replica bounds for optimization problems and diluted spin systems
For odd p our belief is supported by the physical wisdom that the overlap distributions are supported on the positives in the large N limit.
Replica bounds for optimization problems and diluted spin systems
We introduce an graded odd Poisson bracket (the antibracket) (( · , · )) on the space.
Topological Field Theories and Geometry of Batalin-Vilkovisky Algebras
Since ℓ is odd, the Θ operator is injective modulo ℓ on modular forms of weight 2 [13, §II].
Extensions of abelian varieties defined over a number field
R is 0, we use the BCHF to define on pL (here p = p(p) = 4 if p = 2 and p = p if p is an odd prime) a group structure.
On linearity of finitely generated R-analytic groups