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against all odds | against all the odds

Meaning: If you do something against all odds, or against all the odds, you do it even though there were many problems and it didn't seem possible to do.

For example:

  • He had a serious accident and was close to death but, against all odds, he recovered and now he's fine.

  • No-one thought we could do it but, against all the odds, we won the Olympic gold medal.

Quick Quiz:

Harry was born into a very poor family, but against all odds he became
  1. a very poor adult
  2. a very rich man
  3. a really nice guy

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