stack the deck
Stack the deck means to cheat or to fix something so a desired outcome is achieved.verb
- An example of stack the deck is when you slip an extra few aces into the playing cards that you deal yourself.
- An example of stack the deck is when you arrange for your boss to think you were the one totally responsible for a projects success, even if you weren't, so that you can get a promotion.
stack the deck
Variant of stack
- a large pile of straw, hay, etc., esp. one neatly arranged, as in a conical form, for outdoor storage
- any somewhat orderly pile or heap, as of boxes, books, poker chips, etc.
- a number of arms, esp. three rifles, leaning against one another on end so as to form a pyramid
- Brit. a unit of measure for firewood or coal, equal to 108 cubic feet
- a number of chimney flues or pipes arranged together
- an extensive series of bookshelves
- the main area where books are shelved in a library
- the part of a computer memory used to store data temporarily: retrieval of data from it is in reverse order to its storage
- the data so stored
- Informal a large number or amount
Origin: ME stac < ON stakkr, akin to MLowG stack, barrier of slanting stakes: for IE base see stick
- to pile or arrange in a stack
- to load with stacks of something
- to assign (aircraft) to various altitudes for circling while awaiting a turn to land
- to arrange in advance underhandedly so as to predetermine the outcome: to stack a jury
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