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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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.