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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Landowners have three months to appeal against the designation, though Mr Bailey warned the "odds are stacked against them".
Saturday's other main fixture, at Newcastle, is looking increasingly doubtful with clerk of the course James Armstrong admitting that the odds are stacked against them.
"The odds are stacked against them, with everything from heron, kestrel, stoats, weasels and even toads hunting them.
But while the odds are stacked against them, coach Rob Stewart says his side can still make it to Nottingham.
Rodriguez and the rest of the daycare workers are at the mercy of a justice system where the odds are stacked against them. Thomas Earl, the public defender initially assigned to Rodriguez because she could not afford her own representation, is in disbarment proceedings for failing to show up in court or prepare for cases, pressuring clients to plead guilty, and squeezing poor clients for money.