against all odds meaning, against all odds definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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1       n-plural   You refer to how likely something is to happen as the odds that it will happen.  
usu the N  
What are the odds of finding a parking space right outside the door?..., The odds are that you are going to fail.     
2       n-plural   In betting, odds are expressions with numbers such as `10 to 1' and `7 to 2' that show how likely something is thought to be, for example how likely a particular horse is to lose or win a race.  
Gavin Jones, who put £25 on Eugene, at odds of 50 to 1, has won £1,250.     
3    If someone is at odds with someone else, or if two people are at odds, they are disagreeing or quarrelling with each other.  
at odds      phrase   usu v-link PHR, oft PHR with n  
He was at odds with his Prime Minister..., An adviser said there was no reason why the two countries should remain at odds.     
4    If you say that the odds are against something or someone, you mean that they are unlikely to succeed.  
odds are against      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
He reckoned the odds are against the scheme going ahead...     
5    If something happens against all odds, it happens or succeeds although it seemed impossible or very unlikely.  
against all odds             phrase   PHR with cl  
Some women do manage to achieve business success against all odds...     
6    If you say that the odds are in someone's favour, you mean that they are likely to succeed in what they are doing.  
the odds are in sb's favour      phrase   V inflects  
His troops will only engage in a ground battle when all the odds are in their favour.     
7    To shorten the odds on something happening means to make it more likely to happen. To lengthen the odds means to make it less likely to happen. You can also say that the odds shorten or lengthen.  
to shorten the odds/lengthen the odds      phrase   V inflects  
His reception there shortened the odds that he might be the next Tory leader.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
In addition to the uses shown below, against is used in phrasal verbs such as `come up against', `guard against', and `hold against'.     
1       prep   If one thing is leaning or pressing against another, it is touching it.  
She leaned against him..., On a table pushed against a wall there were bottles of beer and wine., ...the rain beating against the window panes.     
2       prep   If you are against something such as a plan, policy, or system, you think it is wrong, bad, or stupid.  
Taxes are unpopular<endash>it is understandable that voters are against them..., Joan was very much against commencing drug treatment., ...a march to protest against job losses.     
      Against is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
The vote for the suspension of the party was 283 in favour with 29 against.     
3       prep   If you compete against someone in a game, you try to beat them.  
The tour will include games against the Australian Barbarians...     
4       prep   If you take action against someone or something, you try to harm them.  
Security forces are still using violence against opponents of the government.     
5       prep   If you take action against a possible future event, you try to prevent it.  
...the fight against crime..., I must warn you against raising your hopes.     
6       prep   If you do something against someone's wishes, advice, or orders, you do not do what they want you to do or tell you to do.  
He discharged himself from hospital against the advice of doctors.     
7       prep   If you do something in order to protect yourself against something unpleasant or harmful, you do something which will make its effects on you less serious if it happens.  
A business needs insurance against risks such as fire and flood...     
8    If you have something against someone or something, you dislike them.  
have sth against sb      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
Have you got something against women, Les?...     
9       prep   If something is against the law or against the rules, there is a law or a rule which says that you must not do it.  
It is against the law to detain you against your will for any length of time...     
10       prep   If you are moving against a current, tide, or wind, you are moving in the opposite direction to it.,   (Antonym: with)    ...swimming upstream against the current...     
11       prep   If something happens or is considered against a particular background of events, it is considered in relation to those events, because those events are relevant to it.  
The profits rise was achieved against a backdrop of falling metal prices.     
12       prep   If something is measured or valued against something else, it is measured or valued by comparing it with the other thing.  
Our policy has to be judged against a clear test: will it improve the standard of education?..., The US dollar is down against most foreign currencies today.     
13    If you discuss a particular set of facts or figures as against another set, you are comparing or contrasting the two sets of facts or figures.  
as against      phrase  
Over 50% of divorced men regretted their divorce, as against 25% of women.     
14       prep   The odds against something happening are the chances or odds that it will not happen.  
n PREP  
The odds against him surviving are incredible.     
      Against is also an adverb., adv   n ADV  
What were the odds against?     
    up against  
    against the clock  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    anti     (informal)   averse to, contra     (informal)   counter, hostile to, in contrast to, in defiance of, in opposition to, in the face of, opposed to, opposing, resisting, versus  
2    abutting, close up to, facing, fronting, in contact with, on, opposite to, touching, upon  
3    in anticipation of, in expectation of, in preparation for, in provision for  

set against  
1    balance, compare, contrast, juxtapose, weigh  
2    alienate, disunite, divide, drive a wedge between, estrange, make bad blood, make mischief, oppose, set at cross purposes, set at odds, set by the ears     (informal)   sow dissension  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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in spite of the flaws/minuses/disadvantages; with goods and bads; with minuses and pluses
love / accept smb. flaws and all = love /accept smb. as he/she is, with qualities and flaws.
liked best of all
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expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
intensifying expression, often used with "look"
he looked for all the world as if he was going to cry: il avait vraiment l'air d'être sur le point de pleurer
all right; runing smoothly
[Slang];[UK] Everything is tickety-boo with building our new house; soon we will move in.
all right; good, OK, satisfactory
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
synhtetic pyrethroid pesticide C21 H20 CL2 O3 used espacially against insects ticks and mites
to criticise loudly and angrily
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
sentence containing all letters of a given alphabet at least once.The canonical example in English is: 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'.
A perfect pangram contains each letter of the alphabet just once and thus is far more difficult to come up with. The best seems to be: 'Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx'.
reach an extreme point or an upper limit; exhaust all options or resources
To position ones self, or an object like your rusty old car, in a place that is not only open and clearly visible to all, it is unavoidably in just about everyone's way.
[Slang] "You can't miss him, he's over there, parked in his POS Volvo, smack dab in the middle of the road!" source : Urban Dictionary
1. the discharge or release of a person appearing in court of all criminal charges because they have been found not guilty. 2. a release from an obligation, duty, or debt.
legal E.g After the clear acquittal from the judge, he had to start his life all over again.
it occurred to me, I suddenly thought of it, I had an idea all of a sudden
E.g: I wondered all day long how to solve this problem and it suddenly hit me...I had to talk to Marry.
"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Concept coming from the Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close (2012).
1. the state of being joined together 2. in logic, the connection of isolated facts by means of a general description or hypothesis which applies to them all
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
expression meaning that several or all members of a family have something in common (a skill, a feature, a path or a behavior)
E.g.: He became an actor too. It runs in the family.
celebrate smth. with excitement; party wildly; party all night long
go to the extreme; do everything that could be done; exhaust all possibilities and resources
a humorous way of saying that something is not needed at all
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