at odds with something

at odds with something

COMMON If one thing is at odds with another, they are very different or do not seem as though they can both be true. His outlook on life was pessimistic, quite at odds with his wife's description of his normal out-going personality. He was a good piano player, but slightly ashamed of it, as it seemed at odds with his macho image. Note: You can also say that two things are at odds. Last month the two reports were at odds, since employment figures indicated strength while the index predicted a worsening economy.
See also: odds, something