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Expressions like “twenty-odd years,” “a dozen-odd people,” and “two hundred-odd mistakes” are usually written with a hyphen before the “odd” to indicate that the exact number is unknown—perhaps a bit higher than the stated number. If you omit the hyphen, as in “a dozen odd people attended my birthday party,” you risk giving the impression that the people who came were odd rather than that you can’t be sure of the precise number of your guests.

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  • a  not divisible by two
  • s  not easily explained
    it is odd that his name is never mentioned
  • s  an indefinite quantity more than that specified
    invited 30-odd guests
  • s  beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
    had an odd name
  • s  of the remaining member of a pair, of socks e.g.
  • s  not used up
    some odd dollars left
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