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stack the deck (against) (someone or something)

To make arrangements that result in an unfair advantage over someone or something. (Likened to fixing a deck of playing cards in one's favor during a game.) By dating the boss's daughter, Jeremy has stacked the deck against the rest of us for an early promotion. The mega corporation has been accused of trying to stack the deck by spending millions to influence members of congress.
See also: deck, stack

stack the deck (against someone or something)

 and stack the cards (against someone or something)
to arrange things against someone or something. (Originally from card playing; stacking the deck is to cheat by arranging the cards to be dealt out to one's advantage.) I can't get ahead at my office. Someone has stacked the cards against me. Do you really think that someone has stacked the deck? Isn't it just fate?
See also: deck, stack

stack the deck

or

load the deck

mainly AMERICAN
If you stack the deck or load the deck, you give someone or something an unfair advantage or disadvantage. Mr Howard is doing all he can to stack the deck in favour of the status quo. We've developed a culture where it's really hard to eat well and exercise. We're kind of stacking the deck against ourselves. As you can see, I'm loading the deck so that we get the results we want. Note: A stacked or loaded deck of cards is one that has been altered before a game in order to give one player an advantage.
See also: deck, stack

stack the deck

tv. to arrange things secretly for a desired outcome. (From card playing where a cheater may arrange the order of the cards that are to be dealt to the players.) The president stacked the deck so I would be appointed head of the finance committee.
See also: deck, stack
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Denying defendants access to their untainted funds will embolden prosecutors to more aggressively target legitimate assets for restraint, often through ex parte proceedings, and stack the deck in the governments favor by crippling the defendants ability to afford high-quality counsel, added Barron, D-Prince Georges.
Most importantly, we will continue to fight for an agenda in Washington that lifts up working families rather than continuing to stack the deck further against them.
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This isn't about charity starting at home, this is about the care of our citizens and regardless of how you stack the deck, the main priority of any government should be the care of its own citizens first.
Federal law prohibits more than three members of the same political party from occupying the commission, so President Trump can't stack the deck too far in his favor.
But opponents argued that approving mandatory arbitration plans would stack the deck against consumers, who may not understand the consequences of giving up their right to sue.
Manufacturers using different testing procedures are not trying to cheat or stack the deck in their favor.
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Never underestimate the ability of fat cats to stack the deck, to put their thumb on the scale to their advantage.
Don't stack the deck against you by accepting a less-than-optimal situation.
That's why they're desperate to stack the deck this time around, but they've been rumbled.
I am afraid I could lose my job or have it used to stack the deck against me.
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