shorten, shortening the odds

When the odds of a horse decrease, usually because a lot of money has been wagered on that horse.

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  • shorten — [[t]ʃɔ͟ː(r)t(ə)n[/t]] shortens, shortening, shortened 1) V ERG If you shorten an event or the length of time that something lasts, or if it shortens, it does not last as long as it would otherwise do or as it used to do. [V n] Smoking can shorten …   English dictionary

  • shorten — short•en [[t]ˈʃɔr tn[/t]] v. t. 1) to make short or shorter 2) to reduce, decrease, take in, etc.: to shorten sail[/ex] 3) coo to make (pastry, bread, etc.) short, as with butter or other fat 4) to become short or shorter 5) (of odds) to decrease …   From formal English to slang

  • shorten — shortener, n. /shawr tn/, v.t. 1. to make short or shorter. 2. to reduce, decrease, take in, etc.: to shorten sail. 3. to make (pastry, bread, etc.) short, as with butter or other fat. 4. Sports. choke (def. 8). v.i. 5. to bec …   Universalium

  • short´en|er — short|en «SHR tuhn», transitive verb. 1. to make shorter; cut off: »to shorten the working day. The new highway shortens the trip. She has had all her dresses shortened. Envy and wrath shorten the life (Ecclesiasticus 30:24). 2. to make seem… …   Useful english dictionary

  • short|en — «SHR tuhn», transitive verb. 1. to make shorter; cut off: »to shorten the working day. The new highway shortens the trip. She has had all her dresses shortened. Envy and wrath shorten the life (Ecclesiasticus 30:24). 2. to make seem shorter:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Business and Industry Review — ▪ 1999 Introduction Overview        Annual Average Rates of Growth of Manufacturing Output, 1980 97, Table Pattern of Output, 1994 97, Table Index Numbers of Production, Employment, and Productivity in Manufacturing Industries, Table (For Annual… …   Universalium

  • short — adj., adv., n., & v. adj. 1 a measuring little; not long from end to end (a short distance). b not long in duration; brief (a short time ago; had a short life). c seeming less than the stated amount (a few short years of happiness). 2 of small… …   Useful english dictionary

  • waste — v 1. squander, fritter away, fool away, dissipate, lose, misuse, misspend; expend, consume, use up, drain, exhaust, deplete; throw away, burn up, run through, go through, Sl. blow; disperse, scatter, spill, muddle away; splurge, lavish, play the… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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