Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

stack the (deck/cards)

stack the deckstack the cards
Meaning(s)
1) arrange things in your favour
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • stack the deck in your favour
  • Analysis

    In a game of cards, to 'stack the deck' means to cheat or to give yourself an advantage. If you say the cards are stacked against you it means that a situation holds a disadvantage for you from the outset. To have the card stacked in your favour however implies that the way things are arranged gives you an advantage over others. This is an idiom used in both professional and social contexts.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We alternated when picking players for each team so nobody could stack the deck in their favour.
    2. They made sure to stack the cards against me because they didn't want to give me the promotion.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The cards are stacked against students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and do not have access to private tutoring or grinds.
    2. You will find the cards are stacked in your favour when applying for jobs if you have the ability to speak a second language very well.
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