house of cards


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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
References in classic literature ?
But he had only to forget the artificial train of reasoning, and to turn from life itself to what had satisfied him while thinking in accordance with the fixed definitions, and all this artificial edifice fell to pieces at once like a house of cards, and it became clear that the edifice had been built up out of those transposed words, apart from anything in life more important than reason.
The whole Diaz machine would go down like a house of cards.
By the glare, Adam could see the tower shake and tremble, and finally fall to pieces like a house of cards.
Yes--I--no: yes, it was beautiful," he said, looking at her blindly, and wondering if, whenever he heard those two syllables, all his carefully built-up world would tumble about him like a house of cards.
My dear, it went down like a house of cards before my breath.
I knew full well that should the bear make a determined effort to get at us, the rocks I had piled as a barrier would come tumbling down about his giant shoulders like a house of cards, and that he would walk directly in upon us.
Finally, in a less detailed epilogue the author looks at the last half of the present century and takes some solace that police regimes, corrupt replicas of those established in the last century, collapsed like a house of cards in 1989.
But, debt refinancing often creates a house of cards for ordinary working people.
KEVIN Spacey has revealed he wants to be a dad - and unlike his House of Cards character will not be putting his career before family.
For the release of House of Cards Season 3, clothing worn by all major cast members will be indexed at midnight PDT on February 27th.
In the USA, the top places are more closely fought, with House of Cards coming in just ahead of Breaking Bad, and Dexter taking third place.
He brought us Colin Firth in a wet shirt as Mr Darcy in Pride And Prejudice, Bridget Jones holding a pair of substantially-sized pants up to the camera and the twisted goings-on of House Of Cards politician Francis Urquhart.