stack the odds against (someone)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

stack play
  1. : a large usually conical pile (as of hay, straw, or grain in the sheaf) left standing in the field for storage

  2. : an orderly pile or heap

  3. : a large quantity or number

  1. : to arrange in a stack : pile

  2. : to pile in or on

  3. : to arrange secretly for cheating

odds play
  1. : inequalities

  2. : degree of unlikeness

  3. : an amount by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another

against play
  1. : in opposition or hostility to

  2. : contrary to

  3. : in competition with

  1. : in preparation for the time when

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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