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The ratio of probability of occurrence to nonoccurrence of an event.
[pl. of odd, fr. M.E. odde, fr. O.Norse oddi, odd number]
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In statistics, the probability that an event may appear or occur. This probability is estimated from known rates of occurrence of the event in a specific setting, e.g., from the known number of patients with a particular disease on a particular island. In practice most patients do not live on islands, and many have diseases whose presentation varies from the norm. The use of odds in health care always implies some degree of probability rather than of proof.
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Very few, I'll bet - and I'll also lay odds the critics of Paul Le Guen will soon be silenced at Ibrox.
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Many complained they knew too little about the kickboxers and were therefore unable to lay odds.
Quinn loves a bet, would lay odds on two flies climbing a wall, and even employs a racing analogy to sum up Ireland's prospects of beating Holland and Portugal to next summer's World Cup finals.
I think not and I'll lay odds the result will be reversed if the two horses meet again.
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A CHEEKY betting firm advert has caused fury by asking punters to lay odds on which of two old ladies will be run over first.
I'd lay odds that it was perfected with many a flash of adolescent temper, sullen silences and gleeful grins and shouts during terms of wet lunchtimes in a school gym or to a scratchy Dansette on youth club evenings.
The bookies are about to stop taking bets on the scatter-cash Borders side's title chances but the 33-year-old will lay odds that it's going to be some title race.
BOOKIES refused to lay odds on this week's "Winter Wimbledon", fearing a stitch-up by in-the-know tennis punters.