stack the deck (against) (someone or something)

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stack the deck (against) (someone or something)

To make arrangements that result in an unfair advantage over someone or something. (Likened to fixing a deck of playing cards in one's favor during a game.) By dating the boss's daughter, Jeremy has stacked the deck against the rest of us for an early promotion. The mega corporation has been accused of trying to stack the deck by spending millions to influence members of congress.
See also: deck, stack

stack the deck (against someone or something)

 and stack the cards (against someone or something)
to arrange things against someone or something. (Originally from card playing; stacking the deck is to cheat by arranging the cards to be dealt out to one's advantage.) I can't get ahead at my office. Someone has stacked the cards against me. Do you really think that someone has stacked the deck? Isn't it just fate?
See also: deck, stack

stack the deck

or

load the deck

mainly AMERICAN
If you stack the deck or load the deck, you give someone or something an unfair advantage or disadvantage. Mr Howard is doing all he can to stack the deck in favour of the status quo. We've developed a culture where it's really hard to eat well and exercise. We're kind of stacking the deck against ourselves. As you can see, I'm loading the deck so that we get the results we want. Note: A stacked or loaded deck of cards is one that has been altered before a game in order to give one player an advantage.
See also: deck, stack

stack the deck

tv. to arrange things secretly for a desired outcome. (From card playing where a cheater may arrange the order of the cards that are to be dealt to the players.) The president stacked the deck so I would be appointed head of the finance committee.
See also: deck, stack
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But opponents argued that approving mandatory arbitration plans would stack the deck against consumers, who may not understand the consequences of giving up their right to sue.
While it's galling to many gun owners, especially those of us with a natural inclination toward being sheepdogs, the multiple layers of risk that are inherent in any shooting situation stack the deck against playing the hero unless there is no other alternative.
Don't stack the deck against you by accepting a less-than-optimal situation.
Now, with escalating security worries, countries may take the chance to stack the deck against foreign competitors or build up their own industries.
The term is a catchall for what Beall views as unprofessional practices, from undisclosed charges and poorly defined editorial hierarchy to poor English--criteria that critics say stack the deck against non-U.
In addition, it is very likely to trigger further consolidation in the PBM field, which would stack the deck against retail pharmacies.
Imran declared that clearly the deal-making on the 20th Amendment by the PPP and PML-N has been done to fortify themselves against their fast dwindling power in the electorate and to try and stack the deck against the PTI in the next general elections.
Yet, prepaid card junk fees stack the deck against jobless Americans who need every dollar during a financially stressful time.
Those who stack the deck against others should have no place in society, let alone in positions of authority in nursing.
With seemingly unlimited access to his charismatic subjects, Ross does not stack the deck against Hadji Bucks, whose win-at-all-costs philosophy is contrasted with the scrappy players gathered for the love of the sport.
A shortage of vitamin D may stack the deck against people fighting a common form of lymphoma, researchers reported December 5.
In joint statement with US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Mr Obama said he was "calling for reforms to ensure our tax code does not stack the deck against jobs on our shores".
Weisbrod added: "Big business lobbyists have been on a crusade to destroy state consumer protection laws, and further stack the deck against American consumers.
It also describes how these inequities stack the deck against the educational success of low-income students and students of color throughout the state.
Knowing what to look for in a policy is as important as ever in New York, since DeMatteo says--citing the Scaffold Law among others--state statutes stack the deck against the building owner.