The child in the womb of a mother on aggressive medical support has the odds stacked against them.
It is a recasting that is deeply at odds with how Paul is perceived by his enemies and by many of his supporters.
Who'd have thought the odds would be in favor of that happening?
Ashura is also a reminder that the eternal value of justice must be defended regardless of the odds of success.
If you found yourself on the losing side of a tribal war, odds are good you would be sold into captivity.
But that one idea in a thousand can also pay off in odds of a million to one, when and if a man has it.
The odds were too heavy—she felt she must surrender before it was too late.
I have always made mine with odds and ends of brass tubing such as old gas pipes.
If the boy played the best that was in him, the team might make it in spite of the odds.
But we did not let ourselves be discouraged, although we could not help feeling that the odds against us were fearfully great.
in wagering sense, found first in Shakespeare ("2 Henry IV," 1597), probably from earlier sense of "amount by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another" (1540s), from odd (q.v.), though the sense evolution is uncertain. Until 19c. treated as a singular, though obviously a plural (cf. news).
c.1300, "constituting a unit in excess of an even number," from Old Norse oddi "third or additional number," as in odda-maðr "third man, odd man (who gives the casting vote)," odda-tala "odd number." The literal meaning of Old Norse oddi is "point of land, angle" (related via notion of "triangle" to oddr "point of a weapon"); from Proto-Germanic *uzdaz "pointed upward" (cf. Old English ord "point of a weapon, spear, source, beginning," Old Frisian ord "point, place," Dutch oord "place, region," Old High German ort "point, angle," German Ort "place"), from PIE *uzdho- (cf. Lithuanian us-nis "thistle"). None of the other languages, however, shows the Old Norse development from "point" to "third number." Used from late 14c. to indicate a surplus over any given sum.
Sense of "strange, peculiar" first attested 1580s from notion of "odd one out, unpaired one of three" (attested earlier, c.1400, as "singular" in a positive sense of "renowned, rare, choice"). Odd job (c.1770) is so called from notion of "not regular." Odd lot "incomplete or random set" is from 1897. The international order of Odd Fellows began as local social clubs in England, late 18c., with Masonic-type trappings; formally organized 1813 in Manchester.