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to beat the odds

German translation: ...die Chancen zu verbessern... = ...to 'beat the odds' in order to ensure...

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07:24 Aug 24, 2000
English to German translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: to beat the odds
I do not catch the meaning of the expression "to beat the odds" in the following sentence: "Mass illiteracy and high rates of infant mortality contribute to rapid population growth, by inducing families to have huge numbers of children to 'beat the odds' in order to ensure that some children survive to adulthood."

Thank you in advance!
Gnter Lobmeyer
German translation:...die Chancen zu verbessern... = ...to 'beat the odds' in order to ensure...
Explanation:
The more children, the better the chances, that some will live (survive)to adulthood to support the parents.

- HTH - Dan
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Dan McCrosky
Local time: 13:53
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A thousand thanks to you!

Best regards

Günter
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naum the Chance zu vergrößern
Grusche Rosenkranz
na...die Chancen zu verbessern... = ...to 'beat the odds' in order to ensure...Dan McCrosky


  

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...die Chancen zu verbessern... = ...to 'beat the odds' in order to ensure...


Explanation:
The more children, the better the chances, that some will live (survive)to adulthood to support the parents.

- HTH - Dan

Dan McCrosky
Local time: 13:53
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 390
Grading comment
A thousand thanks to you!

Best regards

Günter
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um the Chance zu vergrößern


Explanation:
aber auch "against all odds"= gegen alle Voraussagen, jeden Widerstand.
Gruss, Grusche.

Grusche Rosenkranz
Spain
Local time: 13:53
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 38
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