stack the cards

stack the cards (against someone or something)

To make surreptitious arrangements that result in an unfair advantage over someone or something else. (Likened to fixing a deck of playing cards in one's favor during a card game.) Of course, simply by virtue of his being the boss's son, Jeremy has stacked the cards against the rest of us for an early promotion. The mega corporation has been accused of trying to stack the cards with billions of dollars spent putting political pressure on members of congress.
See also: card, stack

stack the cards

If you stack the cards, you give someone or something an unfair advantage or disadvantage. The Government appears to have used the study in order to stack the cards in favour of a new runway at Heathrow. The current prime minister hates me! He stacks the cards against me. Note: A stacked deck of cards is one that has been altered before a game in order to give one player an advantage.
See also: card, stack
References in classic literature ?
When their hearts is touched they're likely to stack the cards, look at the bottom of the deck, an' lie like the devil - beggin' your pardon, ma'am.
Essentially what we were trying to do is stack the cards against the machine, and even in that situation, it worked quite well," he said.
ONE: Stack the cards in ASTEROID, order and cut the cards as often as you like.
Directing his words towards Iran, Mubarak stated, "The recent crisis has exposed an attempt to exploit the Israeli aggression in order to impose a new reality on the Palestinian and Arab arena -- a new reality that will stack the cards in favor of a well-known regional force, Iran, for the benefit of its plans and agenda.
The fact he's blessed with perfect pitch and an amazing knack of writing delicious pop songs also helped stack the cards in his favour.
The beliefs of parents may then stack the cards in favor of the testing and measurement movement.