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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I am aware that the odds are stacked against me locating her.
There is no point in trying to beat them when the odds are stacked against me. So I have got to turn inside and pass it and hope for the breaks to come and when I get a one on one, do what I am good at and try to get past the defender."