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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