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Odds, 1) uneven number: “were still at o., being but three,” LLL III, 86. 91 (quibbling). “and stayed the o. by adding four,” LLL III, 86 LLL III, 86 LLL III, 86
2) inequality: “yet death we fear, that makes these o. all even,” Meas. III, 1, 41. “five to one . . . 'tis a fearful o.” H5 IV, 3, 5. “forsaketh yet the lists by reason of his adversary's o.: a poor earl's daughter is unequal o.” H6A V, 5, 33. H6A V, 5, 33 “five men to twenty! though the o. be great, I doubt not of our victory,” H6C I, 2, 72. “'twas o., belike, when valiant Warwick fled,” II, 1, 148. “this and my food are equals; there's no o.” Tim. I, 2, 61. “but now 'tis o. beyond arithmetic,” Cor. III, 1, 245. “I shall win at the o.” Hml. V, 2, 222 (viz of twelve to nine). “his quails ever beat mine at o.” Ant. II, 3, 38 (at disadvantage). “young boys and girls are level now with men, the o. is gone,” IV, 15, 66.
3) superiority, advantage: “Cupid's butt-shaft is too hard for Hercules' club, and therefore too much o. for a Spaniard's rapier,” LLL I, 2, 183. “there is such o. in the man,” As I, 2, 169. “I would allow him o.” R2 I, 1, 62. “and with that o. he weighs King Richard down,” III, 4, 89. “he shall take the o. of his great name and estimation,” H4A V, 1, 97. “yields up his life unto a world of o.” H6A IV, 4, 25. “that Iden took o. to combat a poor famished man,” H6B IV, 10, 47. “Hercules himself must yield to o.” H6C II, 1, 53. “advantageous care withdrew me from the o. of multitude,” Troil. V, 4, 23. “thou hast the o. of me,” Tit. V, 2, 19. “we have therefore o.” Hml. V, 2, 274. “he beats thee 'gainst the o.” Ant. II, 3, 27.
4) probability, likelihood: “then he shall have no o.” Shr. IV, 3, 155. “the stars will kiss the valleys first; the o. for high and low's alike,” Wint. V, 1, 207. “if that thy gentry, Britain, go before this lout as he exceeds our lords, the o. is that we scarce are men and you are gods,” Cymb. V, 2, 9.
To lay o. == to lay a wager: “I will lay o.” H4B V, 5, 111. “your grace hath laid the o. o' the weaker side,” Hml. V, 2, 272.
5) quarrel, contention, discord: “I desire nothing but o. with England,” H5 II, 4, 129. “that put'st o. among the rout of nations,” Tim. IV, 3, 42. “set them into confounding o.” Tim. IV, 3, 42 “I cannot speak any beginning to this peevish o.” Oth. II, 3, 185. at o. == at variance, quarrelling: Wiv. III, 1, 54. R3 II, 1, 70. Rom. I, 2, 5. Tim. III, 5, 116. Mcb. III, 4, 127. Lr. I, 3, 5.
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