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- To offer a bet in which one stands more to lose than the opponent; or a bet in some other way favourable to the opponent.
- 1597, Henry IV, Part II, Act V, Scene 5; by William Shakespeare
- 1904, The Sea-Wolf, by Jack London, chapter XXIV
- "We're dead safe," he assured them with a laugh. "No salt mines this time, Smoke. But I'll tell you what -- I'll lay odds of five to one it's the Macedonia."
- To feel certain about something.