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.
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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?
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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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Tsuyoshi Miyakawa, a neuroscientist at Fujita Health University in Toyoake, Japan, and Keizo Takao of the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Okazaki, Japan, thought that the approach used in that study stacked the deck against mice.
Additional issues of nationalism, and diatribes by critics against the very characteristics that imprint Rusalka with greatness--such as its lyricism and emphasis upon expressive singing rather than vocal pyrotechnics-- stacked the deck against the work gaining popularity.
Meanwhile, the banks and credit card companies have stacked the deck against merchants and consumers:
At the hearing, lobbyist Curtis Barry, representing the River Card Room in Milford, argued that the laws stacked the deck against facilities that aren't restaurants and can't pay those tipped employees a subminimum wage.
but in Texas, unfriendly laws and deeply entrenched beer tastes stacked the deck against a successful craft brewery, but we persevered and here we are," said Wagner.
You do not have to be a professional gambler to see that the clock has already struck midnight in a game with an opponent who has not only stacked the deck against Israel, but has prepared a field of death for her and America as the final score.
Corruption has stacked the deck against the people ofMonti.
It is because the Supreme Court had stacked the deck against abortion regulations by the way it answered five questions: 1) how a case is brought; 2) what standard of review is appropriate; 3) how statutory language is interpreted; 4) whether any claim of a "health" benefit will trump any attempt to restrict abortion; and 5) how much weight is given to the testimony of abortion providers.
A new school board election had stacked the deck against him, and he resigned to take a job as superintendent of Oklahoma City schools.
Unlike her classic The Broadway Album, this film-themed set leans heavily on songs so deeply ingrained in American musical consciousness that she seems to have intentionally stacked the deck against herself.
Barbara Mikuiski (DMD) said, "The new rules stacked the deck against employees, and made it harder for them to compete for their own jobs.
This legislation has stacked the deck against children, especially children who are culturally, linguistically, and ethnically different, who live in diverse communities and in economically stressed households.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - Mother Nature had stacked the deck against Cid Morgan before the forest ranger pulled up a chair eight months ago.
HANNOVER, Germany-While rugs are still shown in profusion at Domotex, the strength of the dollar and consumer taste in Europe has stacked the deck against most residential carpet manufactured in the United States.
has stacked the deck against them when it comes to collecting their due.