odds are stacked against (someone)

idiom

used to describe a situation in which someone does not have a good or fair chance of winning, succeeding, etc.
She felt the odds are stacked against her.

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Recent Examples on the Web There’s always a chance of twists in the time between Friday and May 29, when the session ends, but the odds are stacked against the proposals, including Geren’s amendment that was short of the votes needed to advance to the Senate. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 May 2024 The odds are stacked against both men, who eventually come face to face just as the series premiere ends. Erik Kain, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Although there are currently five generations of workers, research shows that Gen Z and millennial workers feel unheard by older managers meanwhile, workers over 50 often feel like the odds are stacked against them. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 4 Feb. 2024 Explore Kelly Rowland See latest videos, charts and news Rowland’s character, Mea Harper, takes on the case of a lifetime with Zyair Malloy — played by Trevante Rhodes — on trial for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, and the odds are stacked against him. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 24 Jan. 2024 The company recognizes the odds are stacked against them. Sam Tabachnik, Hartford Courant, 9 Jan. 2024 And even in California, at the heart of the farmworkers’ movement, the odds are stacked against them. Piper French, The New Republic, 2 Nov. 2021 The odds are stacked against them in a country where warehousing people is big business. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 18 Dec. 2023 The odds are stacked against such a crossing ever occurring, which may explain why examples of hybrids are so rare, and dogxim is the only one ever confirmed by modern science. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 18 Oct. 2023

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“Odds are stacked against (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odds%20are%20stacked%20against%20%28someone%29. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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