stack the cards (against someone or something)

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stack the cards (against someone or something)

To make surreptitious arrangements that result in an unfair advantage over someone or something else. (Likened to fixing a deck of playing cards in one's favor during a card game.) Of course, simply by virtue of his being the boss's son, Jeremy has stacked the cards against the rest of us for an early promotion. The mega corporation has been accused of trying to stack the cards with billions of dollars spent putting political pressure on members of congress.
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stack the cards

If you stack the cards, you give someone or something an unfair advantage or disadvantage. The Government appears to have used the study in order to stack the cards in favour of a new runway at Heathrow. The current prime minister hates me! He stacks the cards against me. Note: A stacked deck of cards is one that has been altered before a game in order to give one player an advantage.
See also: card, stack
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India is rallying other disgruntled nations, including the group of "like-minded" countries that believe that the existing rules of free trade stack the cards against them.
Weaving together powerful influences and circumstances that stack the cards against these children, even before their births, the author provides considerable support for the argument.