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    the cards are stacked against somebody

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The cards were stacked against you, Ann. No doubt they will be against your great-great- granddaughter. But since birth and life have thrust you into the game, at least be warned that the cards have been stacked. (S. Lewes, “Ann Vickers”)

    When the ordinary citizen is dragged into court he’ll find that the cards have been stacked against him. (E. S. Gardner, “The Case of the Careless Kitten”)

    John had always claimed that the odds were stacked against him from the start, but then he was the kind to blame everything on circumstances.

    the cards (chances, chips, or odds) are stacked against somebody = the cards are arranged against somebody, the game is taking an unfavorable turn

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: the cards are stacked against somebody

    Yes

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