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.
See also: card, stack
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Mr Tighe will appeal against the noise abatement notice in May, yet fears an independent report has stacked the cards against him.
In what other landlords and club owners are seeing as a test case, he's due to appeal against the order next month, but fears that a supposedly independent report has stacked the cards against him.