the odds are stacked against you

Idiom Definition

"the odds are stacked against you"

there are many obstacles and difficulties, for whatever reason, that are in the way of your success

Idiom Definition - the odds are stacked against you


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - the odds are stacked against you

After a severe car accident, a man becomes paralyzed in both legs. The man is consulting with his doctor ...

Man: Tell me the truth doctor. Will I ever walk again?

Doctor: With your type of injury, it is unlikely, although there is a new surgery available but even after the surgery, which may or may not work, there will be months of rehabilitation which may or may not work. Finally, there may be more surgeries needed after that.

Man: Well, the odds seem to be stacked against me but I am determined to try.

Doctor: OK. I'll schedule the pre-surgery exam for next week.

Man: Thanks Doc!

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - the odds are stacked against you

A woman who is entering the next political election is being interviewed by a reporter ...

Reporter: Thank you for joining us today.

Politician: Thanks for having me. I'm really excited about the election. I have a number of great "Green" ideas that will help everyone.

Reporter: Yes, but to implement your ideas, you must be elected first.

Politician: I am very optimistic.

Reporter: Are you not worried about the fact that the incumbent is twenty points ahead in the polls and is the clear favorite after three terms in office? Then there is your recent exposure in the news when you had trouble with your neighbor and finally, the idea that people are not really interested in any more "Green Initiatives". Do you not think that the odds are stacked against you?

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Having the odds stacked against you can be frustrating or challenging depending on your attitude.

the odds are stacked against you - Examples:

1)  Courage is the strength to face adversity, knowing the odds are stacked against you, and moving forward.

2)  I very much enjoy the fact that the odds are stacked against us; I am a sucker for an underdog story.

3)  The odds are stacked against the author, then, because that is an impossible thing to do.

4)  The odds are stacked against things getting much better anytime soon.

5)  It serves as a reminder that the odds are stacked against challengers and will be for years.

6)  It's just that in Britain, the odds are stacked against working mothers.

7)  If nothing else, public choice theory dictates that the odds are stacked against them.

8)  But the odds are stacked against him and time is running out.

9)  People are just having fun with the idea and recognise that the odds are stacked against them actually achieving their goal.

10)  I think this is a meaningful match, even though the odds are stacked against us -- progression to the next round is at stake.

11)  Polman does not countenance failure and shows relentless optimism even when the odds are stacked against him.

12)  Do you thrive under pressure, and when the odds are stacked against you?

13)  Basically, if you fall overboard from a cruise ship the odds are stacked against you and 99% of the time you are not coming back out alive.

14)  Thankfully, we are often at our best when the odds are stacked against.

15)  The odds are stacked against us parenting well in these moments because our emotions are likely to be running high.

16)  Despite the fact the odds were stacked against defendants, a remarkably large number of defendants were acquitted.

17)  The sad reality is that the odds were stacked against the activists from the start. 

18)  It was a run she had to do, although the odds were stacked against her.

19)  The odds were stacked against Vale, who had already hugely exceeded expectations to reach this stage.

20)  Yes, the rebellion could have succeeded, but the odds were stacked against that outcome from the start.