cards are stacked against
Many difficulties face someone or something, as in The cards are stacked against the new highway project. This term originated in gambling, where to stack the cards or stack the deck means to arrange cards secretly and dishonestly in one's own favor or against one's opponent. [Mid-1800s]
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To those who agreed with him, Bush pledged that the law against same-sex marriage would remain intact.
To his critics, he explained—sometimes at painful length—his reasoning against it.
This is a blow against freedom of speech, we were told, by the likes of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson.
Spouting off against police online has become criminalized in recent weeks.
The reason we were liberals is we were against oppression.Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Do not the widow's tears run down the cheek, and her cry against him that causeth them to fall?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Vain also was the valour and ability he showed in the campaign against the Royalists in La Vende.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Beginners must be warned against mistaking the edges of cells, or particles which have retained the red stain, for bacilli.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Whether they had ever, at different times, pleaded for or against the same cause, and cited precedents to prove contrary opinions?Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
He leant against the wall of his refuge, notwithstanding this boast, and licked the ice to moisten his parched lips.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne