the odds are stacked against (someone or something)

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the odds are stacked against (someone or something)

Someone or something is unlikely to be successful 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 the odds are stacked against her. The odds are stacked against their campaign, thanks to a lack of funding.
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Mirallas, 25, knows the odds are stacked against him having a triumphant return with the Toffees - who have gone without a win against Arsenal in North London since 1996 - but insists the time is right to consign that dismal run to the history books, and strike a decisive blow in their potential race with the Gunners for a top four finish.
The teenager will die if he does not find a bone marrow or stem cell match - and the odds are stacked against him because he is mixed race and there is a shortage of ethnic minority donors.
It will be a huge loss for Boro if he is suspended again, but it would appear that the odds are stacked against him.
The odds are stacked against him because Maric has not played in 75 per cent of Croatia's game in the last two years.