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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But government has stacked the odds against onshore wind being built at the scale needed to meet our carbon budgets and excluded these projects from competing for governmentbacked power contracts."
Other key factors stacked the odds against PH even more: the late-stage redrawing of the boundaries of numerous voting constituencies; the decision to hold the election midweek, which made it difficult for working people to vote (after a popular uproar, May 9 was later declared a public holiday); the disqualification of Tian Chua, a star of the PH.
The loss of the away goal has stacked the odds against Aberdeen.
Meanwhile, bookies have stacked the odds against one-time favourite Denise McCormack after she ended up in the dance-off.
Losing Toni Anne as well just stacked the odds against them.
If the intention was to grow the game and inspire a generation - that favourite buzz-word ever since the London Olympics - I can't help but feel the organisers have stacked the odds against those responsible for whipping up enthusiasm around these parts.
But despite the worst of Cyclone Sandra slipping down the leg side, a foreboding weather forecast, flat pitch, Anderson's injury and a fatigued attack stacked the odds against Cook's men drawing first blood in the series.
Querrey, who at two metres towers over Nadal, was called into the squad by US captain Patrick McEnroe after an exhausted James Blake withdrew, which further stacked the odds against the champions.
A 15-point penalty, imposed by the Football League, has stacked the odds against the fallen Premiership giants climbing out of English football's third tier this season.
It is clear that London unfairly stacked the odds against us.
MARK Stoneman and Michael Di Venuto must have been cursing Will Smith for losing the toss and forcing them to front up to a Taunton pitch which stacked the odds against them.
By freezing they merely stacked the odds against themselves.
The fact they had to play home games at Pittodrie for the opening six months of their campaign further stacked the odds against them.
"The initial ban took me out of these three warm-up games so I could have played for Newcastle but I wouldn't have got the chance to play for Scotland which would have stacked the odds against me to have a reasonable chance to get in the first XV.
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