# imagine the odds......of all the gin joints in the world

## English translation: think how unlikely it is that this should happen.....[that we should meet] in this particular bar (30's/40's) (world is so big)

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 English term or phrase: imagine the odds......of all the gin joints in the world English translation: think how unlikely it is that this should happen.....[that we should meet] in this particular bar (30's/40's) (world is so big) Entered by:

 07:35 May 28, 2003
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 English term or phrase: imagine the odds......of all the gin joints in the world a fregment of a movie - ocean's eleven
 Local time: 01:16
 think how unlikely it is that this should happen.....[that we should meet] in this particular bar Explanation:think how unlikely it is that this should happen.....[that we should meet] in this particular bar --------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-05-28 07:42:51 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------\"the odds\", are the chances (probability) of something happening, or in this case, not happening. Betters on races, etc calculate the odds of winning, eg: \"4 to 1 against\" and the word is generally used for probability and improbability of things happening. The expression (he!) means is \"odds against\" in this case - the chances of it not happening.--------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-05-28 07:44:11 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------You could also say it, in your sentence: \"Think how improbable it is that.............\"--------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-05-28 07:45:09 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------\"gin joints\" are 1930s & 40\'s bars selling Gin (the alcoholic spirit)--------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-05-28 07:45:51 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------It comes originally from the famous film, \"Casablanca\" of the 1940\'s !--------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-05-28 07:47:55 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------Rick (Humphrey Bogart) says it to his old love, who comes into his bar in Casblanca, after they parted in Paris a long time before. He is, to say the least, very disturbed. It is one of \"The Great\" films........--------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-05-28 07:51:24 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------Rick says something like \"Imagine the odds......of all the gin joints in all of the world, that you should walk into mine\"--------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-05-28 07:53:55 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------It\'s become a very widely used quotation (and joke) used in all sorts of situations (along with the phrase \"play it again, Sam !\", but that\'s another story) --------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-05-28 07:54:48 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------It\'s become a very widely used quotation (and joke) used in all sorts of situations (along with the phrase \"play it again, Sam !\", but that\'s another story)
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DGK T-I
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:16
 thank you , I was primarily interested with the Gin joints term I simply must have missed Casablanca. I felt there is irony and i think I unerstood it just the way you explained it but i could not fully enjoy this irony without the Gin joint term- i thought maybe it had sth to do with prison (joint) thank you4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

5 +3think how unlikely it is that this should happen.....[that we should meet] in this particular bar
 DGK T-I
4 +3amazing coincidence
 jerrie

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think how unlikely it is that this should happen.....[that we should meet] in this particular bar

Explanation:
think how unlikely it is that this should happen.....[that we should meet] in this particular bar

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Note added at 2003-05-28 07:42:51 (GMT)
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\"the odds\", are the chances (probability) of something happening, or in this case, not happening.
Betters on races, etc calculate the odds of winning, eg: \"4 to 1 against\" and the word is generally used for probability and improbability of things happening.

The expression (he!) means is \"odds against\" in this case - the chances of it not happening.

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Note added at 2003-05-28 07:44:11 (GMT)
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You could also say it, in your sentence:
\"Think how improbable it is that.............\"

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Note added at 2003-05-28 07:45:09 (GMT)
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\"gin joints\" are 1930s & 40\'s bars selling Gin (the alcoholic spirit)

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Note added at 2003-05-28 07:45:51 (GMT)
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It comes originally from the famous film, \"Casablanca\" of the 1940\'s !

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Note added at 2003-05-28 07:47:55 (GMT)
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Rick (Humphrey Bogart) says it to his old love, who comes into his bar in Casblanca, after they parted in Paris a long time before.

He is, to say the least, very disturbed.
It is one of \"The Great\" films........

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Note added at 2003-05-28 07:51:24 (GMT)
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Rick says something like \"Imagine the odds......of all the gin joints in all of the world, that you should walk into mine\"

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Note added at 2003-05-28 07:53:55 (GMT)
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It\'s become a very widely used quotation (and joke) used in all sorts of situations

(along with the phrase \"play it again, Sam !\", but that\'s another story)

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Note added at 2003-05-28 07:54:48 (GMT)
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It\'s become a very widely used quotation (and joke) used in all sorts of situations

(along with the phrase \"play it again, Sam !\", but that\'s another story)

 DGK T-IUnited KingdomLocal time: 00:16PRO pts in pair: 401
 thank you , I was primarily interested with the Gin joints term I simply must have missed Casablanca. I felt there is irony and i think I unerstood it just the way you explained it but i could not fully enjoy this irony without the Gin joint term- i thought maybe it had sth to do with prison (joint) thank you

agree  Christopher Crockett: My memory of it is of Rick talking to Sam, not to her:"..*she* should walk into mine."He's not a happy camper, having this old wound re-opened. It's not just the coincidence, but the fact that the whole damned world has conspired to ruin his life.
 6 hrs
-> Hello Christopher ~ I think your memory is right - isn't it strange how memory can play tricks. Also, that's a very good description of how he feels, and why. A wonderful film.... :-)

agree  David Moore: I agree with Chris's recollection of the film too
 3 days5 hrs
-> :-) me too !

agree
 4 days

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amazing coincidence

Explanation:
(of all the gin joints (bars) in all the world you had to walk into this one...)

What are the odds against me meeting you here?
What an amazing coincidence!

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Note added at 2003-05-28 07:48:16 (GMT)
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If it\'s about the bit where George Clooney first makes contact with Julia Roberts in Vegas, then the line is heavy on irony!

As Louise says, ref: Casablanca....

but...he knew exactly where she was! She might think it\'s an amazing coincidence, but the meeting was as well orchestrated/plotted as the entire heist (was the reason for the robbery!)

 jerrieUnited KingdomLocal time: 00:16Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in pair: 773

agree  Louise Mawbey: yes, is a reference to the film Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart
 4 mins
-> Thanks

agree  DGK T-I: Two minds thinking in unison !:-)
 9 mins

agree  Christopher Crockett: Yes, Great Minds do Run in the Same Ruts. But the quote is "*she*" not "you", because Rick (well into his cups) is talking to Sam, not to Ilsa. Perhaps the Cloony & Roberts rip-off messed with those Great Minds?
 6 hrs

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