Against All Odds

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Against All Odds’

Against all odds means despite many difficulties, setbacks, opposition, or seemingly insurmountable obstacles.


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Usage

‘Against all odds’ is usually used at the beginning or end of a sentence. 1

Examples of Use

“Against all odds, Jane was able to win a scholarship to the ivy league school of her choice.”

“Against all odds, the lost hikers survived the frigid night.”

“My father overcame so much during his life. He was able to succeed against all odds.”

Against all odds idiom meaning

Origin

Odds, in this idiom, comes from betting and has been used figuratively in this idiom since around 1900. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003. 2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. 3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.
2. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
3. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.