stack the deck

stack the deck
tv. to arrange things secretly for a desired outcome. (From card playing where a cheater may arrange the order of the cards that are to be dealt to the players.)
The president stacked the deck so I would be appointed head of the finance committee.
It’s not fair when somebody stacks the deck.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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