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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Diplomats say the political system stacks the cards in favor of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), and note that a committee whose approval is needed to set up a political party is headed by the NDP's secretary-general, Safwat Sherif.
The optional 250-card output stacker stacks the cards first-in, first-out so batch prints are kept in perfect order.