against all odds

In spite of seeming very unlikely, as in Against all odds we had a snowstorm in early May, or Against all odds the slower team won. This transfer of a betting term to general usage occurred about 1900.


Nearby words

  1. agadir,
  2. agag,
  3. again,
  4. again and again,
  5. against,
  6. against one's better judgment,
  7. against one's will,
  8. against the clock,
  9. against the grain,
  10. against the tide

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