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odds (2 esp. in phr. “at ”; 3 the commonest S. sense; the betting sense in “lay odds” 2H4 V. v. 111 is not pre-S.)
1. “make all even,” level inequalities Meas. III. i. 41 “death . . . That makes these odds all even.”
2. variance, strife H5 II. iv. 129, Tim. IV. iii. 42, 394, Oth. II. iii. 187 “this peevish odds.”
3. balance of advantage, superiority (one way or another) AYL. I. ii. 171 “there is such in the man,” H5 IV. iii. 5 “five to one . . . 'tis a fearful ,” Cor. III. i. 244 “'tis odds beyond arithmetic,” Tit. V. ii. 19 “Thou hast the of me,” Ham. V. ii. 277 “we have therefore ” ; phr. “at (the) ,” with the balance of advantage in one's favour Ham. V. ii. 222, Ant. II. iii. 38; “take (the) ,” take advantage 1H4 V. i. 97, 2H6 IV. x. 47.
4. chances, balance of probability Shr. IV. iii. 154, Wint. V. i. 207, Cym. V. ii. 9.
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