the dice are loaded against (one)

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the dice are loaded against (one)

A positive outcome for one is unlikely due to circumstances perceived as unfortunate or unlucky. I have a record, so when it comes to finding employment, the dice are loaded against me.
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the dice is loaded against someone

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the dice are loaded against someone

If the dice is loaded against you or the dice are loaded against you, you are in a situation where things have been arranged to cause a disadvantage for you. I had survived that night on the mountain when all the dice were loaded against me. Note: You can also say that the dice is loaded in your favour or the dice are loaded in your favour if you are in a situation where things have been arranged to cause an advantage for you. Insist on your rights. The dice are loaded in your favour — after all, you are the one with the money. Note: Players who wanted to cheat at dice games sometimes `loaded' or weighted the dice so that they tended to fall in a particular way.
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the ˌdice are loaded aˈgainst somebody

a person has little chance of succeeding in something, perhaps for unfair reasons: If you apply for a job when you’re over 40, the dice are loaded against you.This phrase refers to putting a piece of lead (= a heavy metal) inside a dice so that it always falls in a particular way.
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