stack the odds against (someone or something)

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stack the odds against (someone or something)

To create, contribute to, or manipulate a situation in a way that results in an unfair advantage over someone or something else. (Likened to a bookmaker rigging the odds of a betting to ensure that others lose.) Often used in passive constructions. The Olympic committed is facing criminal charges for stacking the odds against athletes from particular countries. These big corporations stack the odds against any small business that might stand in their way by hiring huge, high-level legal firms to drown them in litigation. It feels like the odds are really stacked against you if you want to go into business for yourself.
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"Making simple changes to your lifestyle, like cutting out processed meat, can help stack the odds against bowel cancer.
Getting evaluations every year is no guarantee that you'll dodge a diagnosis of cancer or serious disease, but not getting one done yearly will stack the odds against recovery for you when not diagnosed early enough.
"Firms must not stack the odds against players, by putting unfair obstacles in their way, or making it difficult for them to stop gambling when they want to.
Horgan has received three touchline bans in the last two seasons - and his disciplinary record might stack the odds against him.
Above all, the nation must always remember that Filipino athletes have an infinite capacity for greatness, that they can conquer the odds, as long as it is not the sports officials who stack the odds against them.
Behind the search for a fair verdict lay two questions --whether Pistorius' race, wealth and celebrity would skew the system in his favour, or whether a judiciary serving a government dominated by the African National Congress would stack the odds against him.
The small lightweight revolvers recoil enough to hurt, even with modest loads, and the DA trigger, small grips and short sight picture stack the odds against any beginner enjoying the experience of shooting one.
Factors such as status quo bias (a preference for keeping things the same) and loss aversion (the tendency to prefer avoiding losses more strongly than acquiring gains) interact to stack the odds against employees acting very differently for very long.
EMW Principal Joe Soul said: "The new inspection regime sets very high standards for care homes, which should be expected, but the new inspections stack the odds against care homes."
Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said: "This valuable study provides further evidence that it is possible to stack the odds against bowel cancer.
"The economic climate, the Government's public sector spending review, rising unemployment, static property prices and reduced bank lending combine to stack the odds against warring couples surviving.
According to the AmphibiaWeb website, habitat destruction, alteration and fragmentation (with the forest goes the frogs), as well as predatory introduced species, increased exposure to UV-B radiation (likely caused by erosion of the Earth's protective ozone layer), various forms of air and water pollution, and poaching all combine to stack the odds against amphibians.
Increased oil output to a year-high from Opec's president Angola, flouting agreed limits, has helped stack the odds against any formal change when the producer group meets in September.
The irony is that Borissov owes his decisive victory precisely to those attempts to stack the odds against him.
Eastern whitetail hunting is tough because generations of hunting pressure and plenty of other hunters stack the odds against you.
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