Meaning of “the cards are stacked against someone” in the English Dictionary

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"the cards are stacked against someone" in American English

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the cards are stacked against someone

someone is not likely to succeed, esp. because the person is not being given a fair chance:

We tried hard to win, but the cards were stacked against us.

(Definition of “the cards are stacked against someone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)