from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal More likely than others to win; having a good chance of success: "I was the odds-on favorite to become the next president of the Ford Motor Company” ( Lee Iacocca).

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  • adj. Having a chance of winning that is better than even
  • adj. In which the amount won on a bet is less than the amount staked

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a better than even chance of success


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  • And correspondent Wyatt Cenac reported live from Heaven on which Republican was the odds-on favorite to receive the "coveted God endorsement."

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  • Richmond, in fact, seems like an odds-on bet to be a starter from Day 1.

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  • While undefeated five-division world champion Mayweather has been installed as an odds-on favorite by bookmakers for their fight in Las Vegas on Saturday, Ortiz firmly believes he can deliver a victory against a challenger who is 10 years older and has not fought in 16 months.

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  • Ms. Rousseff, the 62-year-old former cabinet chief of Mr. da Silva, is still the odds-on favorite after garnering 47% of the vote, compared with Mr. Serra's 33%.

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  • You've got a nine-length winner of the Middle Park, and Frankel [the odds-on favourite] as well, but Saamidd deserves to be there too.

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  • WHAT WENT RIGHT: The Golden Flashes took the fact that bitter rival Akron was the preseason, odds-on favorite to win the conference crown and used it as fuel in the furnace of motivation.

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