stack the odds against (someone)


: to make it less likely for someone to win, succeed, etc.
His drug use was stacking the odds against him giving him no chance of finding a good job.

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Recent Examples on the Web Dave Meador recognized that the rules for inducting older players stack the odds against them. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2023 Sportsbooks are bullish about the big game, in part because some of the trendiest ways to wager stack the odds against customers even more than usual. Danny Funt, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2023 Whatever the reason, the high rate of failure does seem to stack the odds against budding tech entrepreneurs. Marius Mihalec, Forbes, 5 May 2021

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