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bias against (someone or something)

A prejudice against someone or something. That teacher just seems to have a bias against me—she never calls on me in class, and she grades my papers so harshly. My father has a bias against that company because he dislikes its outspoken CEO. The bias against hiring women that exists in this company is painfully obvious.
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on the bias

In sewing, following a diagonal line across the grain of the fabric, especially one running at an angle of 45 degrees. OK, class. The first thing to do is to cut the fabric on the bias. Be sure to make your stitches on the bias.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bias someone against someone or something

to prejudice someone against someone or something. Please avoid biasing everyone against me. One bad experience biased all of us against that brand of sausage.
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on the bias

on a diagonal line; on a diagonal pathway or direction. The panels of the dress were cut on the bias. The seamstress sewed the fabric on the bias.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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When we are aware of our biases, we can be cognizant of where they lie and not allow the negative biases to affect our decisionmaking within our professional lives.
(15) Healthcare practitioners are often uncomfortable acknowledging the existence of these biases as most have personal and professional values associated with commitment to helping others.
Vast amounts of user data and advanced algorithms help targeted messaging with higher effectiveness in appealing to complex ethnic, sectarian and religious biases. With no effective regulatory framework in place, social media has become the perfect place to run news fabrication factories.
All of these cognitive biases are based on faulty assumptions.
As the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College points out, "this study helps us to understand why, as well as how much" our biases matter.
To estimate the prevalence of these two biases, the authors use data from two online surveys, the RAND American Life Panel and the Understanding America Study.
national security, in which cognitive biases are argued to have played a major role.
One of the most obvious biases directors face in identifying and recruiting candidates is the bias relating to our "known associates," that is, those people who we know well enough to consider as candidates.
The alcohol-related images in a probe task (e.g., can of beer against a white background) necessarily differ from the neutral images (e.g., glass of water against a multicoloured background) along a number of low-level dimensions, which could potentially confound the findings by introducing biases unrelated to the higher level (i.e., substance-related) processes under investigation.
In this light, the author points to research that suggests that reporters' partisan biases are secondary to their professional orientation.
The findings "suggested that the implicit biases observed were not a problem particular to health care professionals, but reflected broader community or societal issues," the researchers said.
A multiple-bias incident is defined as an incident in which more than one offense type occurs and at least two offense types are motivated by different biases.
Three studies showed that the group of observers accurately recognized biases in other people's behaviors while the group of actors was unable to detect the same biases in their own behaviors.
Explicit biases are conscious and amenable to measurement by self-report.
L Merkhofer, "Choosing the wrong portfolio of projects--part one: errors and biases in judgment", Priority Systems web site, 2007.