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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Your odds are stacked against you if you employ a man.
When the odds are stacked against you it is usual for all 15 players of a touring side to stick together and be motivated to perform above themselves, he said.
When the odds are stacked against you, and by God are the odds heavily stacked against
In some situations there might be no point trying to bluff as the odds are stacked against you.