against all odds


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against all odds

Despite being very likely to fail. Against all odds, he was able to survive being stranded in the wilderness for a week with no food.
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against all odds

despite very low probability; in a most unlikely way. Against all odds, she managed to win the trophy.
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against all odds

In spite of seeming very unlikely, as in Against all odds we had a snowstorm in early May, or Against all odds the slower team won. This transfer of a betting term to general usage occurred about 1900.
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against all (the) ˈodds

in spite of great difficulties or problems; although it seemed impossible: Against all the odds this little-known man succeeded in becoming President.It’s a romantic story of love surviving against all odds.
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Against All Odds provides a thought-provoking discussion of an issue often noticed but rarely analyzed.
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Like Margaret Merril [the rose], despite all that life throws at us - the pruning, the transplanting, our incessant strivings - we can, against all odds, blossom in one way or another.
Eifman Ballet may appear to be an overnight success in this country, but its choreographer has been at it since 1977 when, against all odds, he founded his own ballet company and refused to buckle under to political pressure to either conform or ship out, surviving with his integrity and his company intact.
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If these compounds survived 65 million years of entombment against all odds, they might answer major questions about the evolution of these ruling reptiles.