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the odds/cards are stacked against somebody

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthe odds/cards are stacked against somebodythe odds/cards are stacked against somebodyDISADVANTAGEused to say that someone is unlikely to be successful stack
Examples from the Corpus
the odds/cards are stacked against somebodyAlthough confident, we know the odds are stacked against the climbers.
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