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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Losing Toni Anne as well just stacked the odds against them. We played with better tempo in the second half and it was only a matter of time until we scored again, adding two late goals with Michelle Green the stand-out player."
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.
The fact they had to play home games at Pittodrie for the opening six months of their campaign further stacked the odds against them. But Robertson set about his task admirably, so much so that he was the obvious choice when Hearts lost Craig Levein to Leicester.
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