have the deck stacked against (someone or something)

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have the deck stacked against (someone or something)

To have little chance of success due to some existing circumstances, conditions, or obstacles that are likely to present difficulties. Tiffany wants to pursue a career in modeling, but she's only five feet tall, so she really has the deck stacked against her. A lack of funding means that they really have the deck stacked against their campaign.
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have the deck stacked against

one Go to have the cards stacked against one.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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