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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Opponents say such a practice stacks the deck against consumers, who may not understand the consequences of giving up their right to sue.
China's objection certainly stacks the deck against India because the informal grouping of nations work on a consensus basis and it needs every country to at least not object to its membership.
Although defendants often claim that the statute stacks the deck against them, knowledge of the procedural and legal hurdles they will face can help companies better arm themselves to fight the uphill battle of qui tam litigation.
Everyone picked for the jury must be willing to impose the death penalty, and defense lawyers have complained that this stacks the deck against their clients, but being "death qualified'' is the law.
The current tax code stacks the deck against working and middle class families and in favor of those who can hire accountants and lawyers to reduce their tax liability.
A practicing lawyer who cut his teeth defending draft resisters during the Vietnam War, Silverglate is personally familiar with the way the government routinely stacks the deck against defendants.
A film made up mostly of clips from other films, Los Angeles Plays Itself stacks the deck against uncountable excluded movies that have gotten key elements of LA right; even several Andersen does include reflect "real Los Angeles" far better than he claims.
And, number three, it stacks the deck against patients when they're trying to hold HMOs accountable for what they do.
In a methodical way and with the perspective of years of practical experience, Justice Hamilton steps through the Aboriginal experience with our justice system from lack of education and unemployment through Child Welfare matters to arrest, bail, criminal trials, and sentencing showing how the system stacks the deck against Aboriginal citizens at most stages of the process.
Ed Davis, a frequent LAFCO critic, said the makeup of the commission's nine-member board - which includes two county supervisors and a county appointee - stacks the deck against the city.
Over the past 8 years, two-thirds of livers donated by children were transplanted into adults, in part because of a system of allocating organs that stacks the deck against children, said Jorge Reyes, MD, chief of pediatric transplantation at PCH and one of the study's authors.
Existing law in the state already stacks the deck against nursing homes.
In fact, the structure and training of the medical profession stacks the deck against those who want to change or to be resilient in the face of the changing environment.
One wonders if studying the area in which he failed stacks the deck against Davis.
While history has never been fair and often stacks the deck against youth, the younger generation has at least always been secure in the knowledge that their parents would eventually die off and leave them alone to get on with their lives.