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chances are

It seems likely. (The likely event or occurrence is stated after "are.") Chances are that my parents are throwing me a surprise party. Why else would they change the subject every time I mention my birthday? Bring an umbrella with you because chances are it's going to rain today.
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chances are

the likelihood is (followed by a clause stating what is likely). Chances are that she would have been late even if she had left on time.
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(the) chances ˈare (that)

(informal) it is likely (that): The chances are that he’ll come if he can finish work on time.
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In addition to doing field research I listen to dealers and customers, and if there is a problem, chances are I am already aware.