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load the dice

Rig the odds so there is little chance for another person to win; cheat. For example, There's no way we can win this contest; they've loaded the dice. This expression is also put as the dice are loaded, as in There's no point in trying; the dice are loaded. This expression alludes to adding weight to one side or another of dice so that they will always come up with certain numbers facing upward. [Late 1800s]
See also: dice, load

load the dice

1. To make an outcome highly probable; predetermine a result: "These factors merely load the dice, upping the odds that a household will fall into a certain ... income distribution" (Thomas G. Exter).
2. To put another at a distinct disadvantage, as through prior maneuver: The dice were loaded against the defendant before the trial.
See also: dice, load
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SLOVAKIAN star Lubo Moravcik can load the dice and send Aberdeen tumbling to a 3- 1 defeat in today's CIS League Cup Final at Hampden.
I'm not sure how prevalent they are here, but in America there exist 'jury consultants', psychologically astute legal professionals who advise trial attorneys on jury selection, attempting to load the dice by selecting personalities likely to decide in favour of whatever verdict is being sought.
Barrera's step up in weight is also seen as significant in a town where they know how to load the dice.
Then they also try to paint him as a kind of Bollinger Bolshevik, a multi-millionaire red who will cynically load the dice in Labour's favour.