**Odds** (?), n. sing. & pl. [See Odd, a.]

**1.**

Difference in favor of one and against another; excess of one of two things or numbers over the other; inequality; advantage; superiority; hence, excess of chances; probability.

"Preeminent by so much *odds*."

*Milton*.

"The fearful *odds* of that unequal fray."

*Trench*.

The **odds**

Is that we scare are men and you are gods.

*Shak.*

There appeared, at least, four to one **odds** against them.

*Swift.*

All the **odds** between them has been the different s "cope....given to their understandings to range in.

*Locke.*

Judging is balancing an account and determining on which side the **odds** lie.

*Locke.*

**2.**

Quarrel; dispute; debate; strife; -- chiefly in the phraze *at odds*.

Set them into confounding **odds**.

*Shak.*

I can not speak

Any beginning to this peevish **odds**.

*Shak.*

At odds, in dispute; at variance. "These squires *at odds* did fall." *Spenser*. "He flashes into one gross crime or other, that sets us all *at odds*." *Shak*. -- It is odds, it is probable. [Obs.]<-- = "odds are" --> *Jer. Taylor*. -- Odds and ends, that which is left; remnants; fragments; refuse; scraps; miscellaneous articles. "My brain is filled...with all kinds of *odds and ends*." *W. Irving*.

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