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lay odds

[c. 1300] [ c. 1600 ]
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  • I know you'll choose a good girl—and a pretty one too, I'll lay odds!

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • "I'll lay odds that you put up a good fight," the Lieutenant said, pleasantly.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • It is all right, you may lay odds, you are in for a really good thing!

    Riding Recollections, 5th ed. G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • The rest of 'em took to their heels, you may lay odds on that.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn

    Harold MacGrath
  • Now listen: I'm prepared to lay odds that The Babe is not an opium fiend at all, and has never been near this den.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • If I could get Strinnit to lay odds on himself against the Major the money would be safe in my pocket.

  • The tables were deserted, and the dealers and gamekeepers came forth to see the outcome of the wager and to lay odds.

    The Call of the Wild Jack London
  • But I am open to lay odds with any gentleman of sporting tastes that this time the creature's traveling days are done.

  • And I'll lay odds we can feel the heat o' the sun in the east and west enough to make a fair guess at the course.

  • If Wheeler's cavalry is in this vicinity you can lay odds on it that all the inhabitants of this wild territory know it.

    An Undivided Union Oliver Optic

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