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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After years of drifting aimlessly, he gave us the confidence to embrace our own identity - hardworking underdogs who never give up, even when the odds are stacked against us.
MK DONS 0 ROTHERHAM 4 Derbyshire 1, Best pen 17, Broadfoot 54, Smallwood 79 MK DONS boss Karl Robinson stopped short of conceding his side were condemned to relegation after this damaging defeat by Rotherham, but conceded "the odds are stacked against us".
Odds are stacked against us, but at the same time, if odds are stacked against us maybe if there would be any pressure, it's not on us, he said.
"The odds are stacked against us but that is why we all play this game and why our guys are excited by it - it's another challenge." CONNACHT: T O'Halloran; D Poolman, R Henshaw, B Aki, M Healy; J Carty, K Marmion; D Buckley, T McCartney, R Ah You; U Dillane, A Muldowney; J Muldoon, E Masterson, E McKeon
"Our objective of moving back into Group III is still there, but the odds are stacked against us for the time being," Ahmad added.
it doesn't make sense to PS1000 on an appeal when odds are stacked against us."
"You've got to say the odds are stacked against us but I never ever go into any game thinking about damage limitation."
The odds are stacked against us and I hope we just go there and play as well as we did at Manor Park.
Peace is a dream for us believers, but the odds are stacked against us.
Now the odds are stacked against us reaching the final: we've got to win our remaining three fixtures and hope that Australia do us a favour against Pakistan.
A favourite saying, which illustrates in gambling terms just how much the odds are stacked against us, is "life's a whole heap of 6-5".
"We would be rated underdogs with a full team, so it is fair to say that the odds are stacked against us.
"Only a win over Tranmere will satisfy me, even though I accept that the odds are stacked against us reaching round three.