hopeless odds

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Harriet Dufresnes

Senior Member
Hi there,

Could you tell me what 'hopeless odds' mean?

Here's the context:

"Many of the heroic myths are structurally similar. Two themes predominate.

One is the struggle against hopeless odds and eventual defeat."

Thanks a lot!!
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    Odds here is being used in the sense of gambling. I cannot really explain gambling, but I am sure we have a threads about "odds" in here. The gloss of it is "everything is stacked against their chances of winning".
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