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load the dice (against one)

To rig something so that the outcome is predetermined to put one at a disadvantage. It's the first democratic election in the region in over 50 years, but it's all a sham—the military has loaded the dice so that they'll remain in power. It's no use trying to get justice against a company that big. They have so much power and influence that they've already loaded the dice against you.
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load the dice

Rig the odds so there is little chance for another person to win; cheat. For example, There's no way we can win this contest; they've loaded the dice. This expression is also put as the dice are loaded, as in There's no point in trying; the dice are loaded. This expression alludes to adding weight to one side or another of dice so that they will always come up with certain numbers facing upward. [Late 1800s]
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load the dice

1. To make an outcome highly probable; predetermine a result: "These factors merely load the dice, upping the odds that a household will fall into a certain ... income distribution" (Thomas G. Exter).
2. To put another at a distinct disadvantage, as through prior maneuver: The dice were loaded against the defendant before the trial.
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He added: "For our party it means scrutinising the routes by which people are selected to represent our party, to make sure that money or other means can't load the dice in favour of one candidate or another...
But they are also there to do a job, not to load the dice in favour of the home side.
I'm not sure how prevalent they are here, but in America there exist 'jury consultants', psychologically astute legal professionals who advise trial attorneys on jury selection, attempting to load the dice by selecting personalities likely to decide in favour of whatever verdict is being sought.
Money talks and football chiefs load the dice. There is no going back.
Barrera's step up in weight is also seen as significant in a town where they know how to load the dice.
Then they also try to paint him as a kind of Bollinger Bolshevik, a multi-millionaire red who will cynically load the dice in Labour's favour.