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English definition of “have the odds/cards stacked against you”

have the odds/cards stacked against you

to be very unlikely to succeed because you are not in an good positionAdvantage and disadvantage
(Definition of have the odds/cards stacked against you from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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