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house of cards

n. pl. houses of cards
A flimsy structure, arrangement, or situation that is in danger of collapsing or failing: "The collapse of the rupiah ... has brought down a house of cards in overleveraged conglomerates" (Sander Thoenes).

house of cards

n
1. (Card Games) a tiered structure created by balancing playing cards on their edges
2. an unstable situation, plan, etc

house′ of cards′


n.
a structure or plan that is insubstantial and subject to imminent collapse.
[1900–05]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.house of cards - a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control; "his proposal was nothing but a house of cards"; "a real estate bubble"
scheme, strategy - an elaborate and systematic plan of action
2.house of cards - an unstable construction with playing cards; "he built three levels of his cardcastle before it collapsed"
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
Translations
korttitalo
castello di carte
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