the odds are stacked against (someone or something)

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the odds are stacked against (someone or something)

Someone or something is unlikely to be successful due to some existing circumstances, conditions, or obstacles that are likely to present difficulties. Tiffany wants to pursue a career in modeling, but she's only five feet tall, so the odds are stacked against her. The odds are stacked against their campaign, thanks to a lack of funding.
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The odds are stacked against Diaz, who will be fighting in his first world title bout against an experienced Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41 KOs).
In this first episode, the odds are stacked against Noel and his team as a golden retriever puppy with horrific facial injuries is brought into the practice, and a man drives all the way from Switzerland in search of a successful treatment for a chihuahua.
But the odds are stacked against Wales, given that they have never beaten New Zealand away from home in seven previous attempts, and their overall record shows 26 successive defeats since they toppled the All Blacks 63 years ago.
MK DONS boss Karl Robinson stopped short of conceding his side were condemned to relegation after this damaging defeat by Rotherham, but conceded "the odds are stacked against us".
MK DONS 0 ROTHERHAM 4 Derbyshire 1, Best pen 17, Broadfoot 54, Smallwood 79 MK DONS boss Karl Robinson stopped short of conceding his side were condemned to relegation after this damaging defeat by Rotherham, but conceded "the odds are stacked against us".
I am aware that the odds are stacked against me locating her.
Mirallas, 25, knows the odds are stacked against him having a triumphant return with the Toffees - who have gone without a win against Arsenal in North London since 1996 - but insists the time is right to consign that dismal run to the history books, and strike a decisive blow in their potential race with the Gunners for a top four finish.
For one thing, it turns the old rules upside down: that crossing over requires giving up the original way of doing things, that the odds are stacked against those who try, and that it takes years of toil and perseverance, even for the super sexy, cool, and talented.
The odds are stacked against a Scotland side which claimed victories in Australia, Fiji and Samoa in June.
Craig Brown knows the odds are stacked against his side but Aberdeen are also putting together a nice little sequence of results.
The odds are stacked against Leeds - the hosts are 6-1 to win the match and 7-2 with Ladbrokes and Bet365 to qualify for the last 16 - but that was also the case two seasons ago when Simon Grayson's underdogs stunned the Old Trafford giants with a memorable FA Cup success.
When the odds are stacked against you it is usual for all 15 players of a touring side to stick together and be motivated to perform above themselves, he said.
The teenager will die if he does not find a bone marrow or stem cell match - and the odds are stacked against him because he is mixed race and there is a shortage of ethnic minority donors.
"You've got to say the odds are stacked against us but I never ever go into any game thinking about damage limitation."
All the odds are stacked against Arsenal in their Champions League showdown with the reigning European champions, Barcelona.
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