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house of cards

Definition of house of cards in English:

1A structure built out of playing cards precariously balanced together.
Example sentences
  • Like a precariously balanced house of cards, the McCartney team collapsed on the eve of a high-profile 2001 launch, due to be held in Trafalgar Square.
  • Similarly, our connectedness, our human compact, is sandwiched together like the floors in a house of cards that is easier to knock down than we might think.
  • Hustvedt is an excellent writer but the structure of the book seems as flimsy as a house of cards, and the resolution at the end highly unsatisfactory.
1.1An insubstantial or insecure situation or scheme: his case was a house of cards until Attorney Jabowski stepped in
More example sentences
  • As events conspire to topple the rather precarious house of cards that Murdock has built for himself, he comes to realise that he is trapped in an ever-worsening cycle of despair.
  • It may be a house of cards or window dressing to those of us who understand security, but the vast majority of the population does not understand security.
  • But the pyramid of evidence-based medicine is not solid-it's a house of cards.
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