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lay odds

1. To offer a bet with favorable odds to other bettors. Bookmakers are laying odds that the company's new smartphone outsells its competitors 2:1.
2. To assert complete certainty about something. I'll lay odds that Jeremy tries to skip out on paying me back for dinner.
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lay odds

Make a bet on terms favorable to the other party, as in I'll lay odds that it will rain before the week is out. [c. 1600] The closely related lay a wager means "make a bet," as in He laid a wager that Don would be late. [c. 1300]
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lay (or give) odds

1 offer a bet with odds favourable to the other person betting. 2 be very sure about something.
The opposite of lay odds in sense 1 is take odds which means ‘offer a bet with odds unfavourable to the other person betting’.
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I'll lay odds that one pair who won't be together are Steve and Anita.
Chelsea's last three fixtures in the section include tough trips to Roma and Bordeaux and that may explain why Betfred are willing to lay odds of 6-1 that they do not concede a goal during the group stage.
Very few, I'll bet - and I'll also lay odds the critics of Paul Le Guen will soon be silenced at Ibrox.
The Boulton, Watt and Murdock statue is a traditional style of art and as a bookmaker I would lay odds that in a vote with the Birmingham people the trads would win with a big margin.
It was only recently that Power were censured for their risque advertising campaign, including one poster which appeared to lay odds on which of two elderly ladies would be knocked down by a speeding car.
I'll lay odds more women don't do their own yard work because it's always been known as man's work.
50 he's no certainty and if I can lay odds on I certainly will.
Many complained they knew too little about the kickboxers and were therefore unable to lay odds.
Quinn loves a bet, would lay odds on two flies climbing a wall, and even employs a racing analogy to sum up Ireland's prospects of beating Holland and Portugal to next summer's World Cup finals.
I think not and I'll lay odds the result will be reversed if the two horses meet again.
We're willing to lay odds that sooner or later we'll be driving past Now, Are You Sure You've Brushed Your Teeth?
A CHEEKY betting firm advert has caused fury by asking punters to lay odds on which of two old ladies will be run over first.
I'd lay odds that it was perfected with many a flash of adolescent temper, sullen silences and gleeful grins and shouts during terms of wet lunchtimes in a school gym or to a scratchy Dansette on youth club evenings.
The bookies are about to stop taking bets on the scatter-cash Borders side's title chances but the 33-year-old will lay odds that it's going to be some title race.
BOOKIES refused to lay odds on this week's "Winter Wimbledon", fearing a stitch-up by in-the-know tennis punters.