against all the odds

against all the odds

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

against all the odds

COMMON If you do something or something happens against the odds, you do it or it happens even though it does not seem likely that it will. His lawyer worked for much less than her normal fee and, against all the odds, she won. If the worst happens and, against all the odds, your hard disk fails, you will have a big problem.
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All stakeholders nurses, women doctors, paramedics and women managerial staff also attended the seminar The directors thanked the working women in the hospital for their services and encouraged them for their hard work against all the odds.
She was being treated at the hospital's burn ward where she struggled against all the odds before she died of her burn injuries.
In a state like Pakistan where the cause of human rights is often suppressed as it is at odds with political and religious ideologies, Asma Jahangir was courageous enough to stand against all the odds and voice her opinions unfazed by any external and internal pressure.
Mum Seeta, 48, and dad Giriraj, 50, of Rajasthan, India, said: "She's fought against all the odds.
POLAR hero Tom Crean is famous for surviving against all the odds - but a new radio documentary reveals his granddaughter's close call while following in his footsteps.
Because the branch and its workforce were basically sound and the product was excellent, against all the odds the management buy-out worked and the company continued in operation, selling across the world in spite of the depredations of DAF.
Sport can be full surprises; just look at the Leicester foxes, winning the Premiership against all the odds.
The select side took the honours 26-14 with - against all the odds - Sabin and his son Ollie both on the scoresheet before an 'Angels & Demons' party rounded off what the chairman described as "a fantastic event.
If motivation is required, Wigan won the Cup a few years ago against all the odds, and, although they ultimately did go down, their battle for survival went right to the wire.
THE search is on for young people from across the Yorkshire region who have achieved something special or succeeded against all the odds.
We'd tried very hard to win it for years and then we did it against all the odds from the quarter-finals in the craziest way.
Against all the odds,he has made a miraculous recovery and has just come home.
There were speculations that it would not be passed but the prime minster passed it against all the odds.
And Hartmann is praying his arrival can spark the Capitals to life as they bid to claim a play-off place against all the odds.
The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempts to put on a 1920s murder mystery but, as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong does, as the accident-prone thesps battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.