stack the deck (against) (someone or something)

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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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The software and hardware companies have also stacked the deck.
They also complain about being surprised by large bills based on formulas that stacked the deck in Applied's favor.
It was a bit too obvious that Influential Insiders stacked the deck in favor of Pretty Newcomer.
But when it comes to repealing the expanded gambling law, state government seems to have stacked the deck.
Additional issues of nationalism, and diatribes by critics against the very characteristics that imprint Rusalka with greatness--such as its lyricism and emphasis upon expressive singing rather than vocal pyrotechnics-- stacked the deck against the work gaining popularity.
Meanwhile, the banks and credit card companies have stacked the deck against merchants and consumers:
The ruling family has stacked the deck in a way that unfortunately makes a resolution (through the dialogue) highly unlikely," it said.
At the hearing, lobbyist Curtis Barry, representing the River Card Room in Milford, argued that the laws stacked the deck against facilities that aren't restaurants and can't pay those tipped employees a subminimum wage.
but in Texas, unfriendly laws and deeply entrenched beer tastes stacked the deck against a successful craft brewery, but we persevered and here we are," said Wagner.
You do not have to be a professional gambler to see that the clock has already struck midnight in a game with an opponent who has not only stacked the deck against Israel, but has prepared a field of death for her and America as the final score.
CoGS rigged and stacked the deck for the crucial vote that could expel the Canadian church from the Anglican Communion.
But they stacked the deck by ensuring that six of the 10 members were from the military.
It's a compound effect, and it truly must make one wonder if the researchers have not intentionally stacked the deck to make ethanol look as bad as possible leading up to a crucial vote on federal energy legislation," said Stallman.
We stacked the deck, so to speak, with professional shooters Jim Clark, Bruce Piatt and Al Greco, who is semi-professional, and me, the rookie.
Hastert's move stacked the deck in DeLay's favor (two of the three new members donated to DeLay's legal defense fund).