Definition of at a disadvantage in US English:

at a disadvantage

phrase

  • In an unfavorable position relative to someone or something else.

    ‘stringent regulations have put farmers at a disadvantage’
    • ‘He cleverly chose a defensive position, putting the French force at a disadvantage.’
    • ‘Reed said the way the contract has been handled leaves his company out of pocket and at a disadvantage for submitting future bids.’
    • ‘This situation puts certain groups at a disadvantage in terms of education and civil service positions.’
    • ‘So in that sense they were at a disadvantage relative to the newcomers who were coming in.’
    • ‘They can force an advancing enemy to take an approach or position in which they are at a disadvantage.’