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at a disadvantage

In an unfavorable position in comparison to others. They knew for weeks, but I'm just getting all of this information now—I'm at a disadvantage here. You'll be at a disadvantage playing tennis against someone as skilled as Katie.
See also: disadvantage

put (one) at a disadvantage

To put someone in an unfavorable or uncompetitive position compared to others. John knew about the deal for weeks, but I'm just getting all of this information now—he's putting me at a disadvantage here! She was put at an immediate disadvantage playing against the top seeded tennis player in the first round of the tournament.
See also: disadvantage, put

be at a disadvantage

To be in an unfavorable position in comparison to others. They knew for weeks, but I'm just getting all of this information now—I'm at a disadvantage here. You'll be at a disadvantage playing against a player as skilled as Katie.
See also: disadvantage

put somebody/be at a disadˈvantage

make it/be difficult for somebody to succeed: My lack of experience put me at a disadvantage in comparison with the other candidates for the job.
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Yet despite the substantial risks faced by many older Australians - in terms of cumulative material/financial disadvantage, losing partner or living alone, lack of access to services and community activities, and social isolation and age discrimination, little work has been done on socio-economic and spatial dimensions of differences in ageing experience (Davies, 2005; Tanton et al.
Statements of advantages as well as disadvantages of breastfeeding were used as experimental stimuli.
Think tank Demos found Glasgow is the worst affected with more than one in 10 families (11 per cent) facing severe disadvantage - almost three times the national average of four per cent.
These plans specifically noted the possibility of social disadvantage (in the form of stigma) as separate from the biological disadvantage posed by increased risk of infection that these groups would certainly also experience.
A final disadvantage, and one that has kept VFDs from being popular for plumbing systems, was the belief that VFDs are only appropriate in large-scale HVAC systems, where friction loss is high compared to static pressure loss.
But, before making the switch, the owners of private companies currently operating as C corporations should consult with their advisors to determine whether they are eligible for a small business corporation election--and, if so, whether the tax benefits would outweigh any disadvantages.
There are several options, each with advantages and disadvantages.
This item discusses how these plans work, who they benefit, and their advantages, disadvantages and potential abuses.
In the global pulp market, traditional mixed hardwood and softwood pulps are now competing with single-species pulps such as eucalyptus and acacia, magazine asked several pulping experts for their thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of single-species pulps compared with traditional mixed pulps.
All four of these alternatives have advantages and disadvantages.
Some of these major advantages will be discussed in this paper along with some major disadvantages, though there are also other minor advantages and disadvantages that will not be addressed here are.
They pay attention to those individuals who come from very disadvantages backgrounds but who, nevertheless, have been successful in their careers.
Some special designs have not become widely used because they are unnecessarily complex or because they have several disadvantages.
She writes that some groups may experience disadvantages in the labor market, which "may be attributable to barriers in the labor market as well as to differences in group characteristics such as educational attainment.