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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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For example, Eddie's boss, Balazar, likes to build card towers (DTII 117 and 120) and when Roland, who is hitch-hiking in Eddie's mind, sees a neon Tower at Balazar's bar, he thinks it is a sign that they are in the right place (DTII 121), and he thinks the same when he sees the card tower on Balazar's desk (DTII 127).
She was the chef and part owner of Fidel restaurant in Malate before putting up her own restaurants-Damaso and Luscious at Medical City and Metrobank Card Tower. She also does private catering in her own home in Greenhills for small, prebooked lunches, dinners and parties for a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 32 people.
Wilkes Barre, PA, November 30, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The record for a freestanding card tower, built by using playing cards, was 25 feet 9 inches (Guinness book records).