Definitions

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an unstable construction with playing cards

Etymologies

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Examples

  • But for those who like myself can hardly build a card-house of more than two or three stories without developing insuperable mechanical problems, it is worth continually reminding ourselves that the machinery that put two Americans on the moon had literally millions of moving parts.

    The moon landing: 40 years on

  • The best heads of their time build or occupy such card-house theories of religion, politics, and natural science, as

    Uncollected Prose

  • Yes, that was true, admitted Mahony with a sigh; and being this morning in a stale mood, he forthwith knocked flat the card-house it had amused him to build.

    Australia Felix

  • Only a word was needed to bring his card-house down.

    Maurice Guest

  • She was a trimmer craft than our floating card-house of river travel, built for a little outside work in case of necessity, or the chances of a norther.

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death

  • Then she closed on the "Congress," and one terrific broadside after another raked the frigate; till, trembling like a card-house, she hauled down her colors and raised the white flag.

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death

  • Of course, with solidity and strength sacrificed to this extreme lightness, when the powerful engines are put to any strain, the high, thin fabric thrills from stem to stern with their every puff, like a huge card-house.

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death

  • I laughed at Ned's "pijin English," which the Chinaman evidently did not understand: but he bowed courteously and smiled very amiably, throwing open the door of the card-house in such a pressingly hospitable way all the while that I could not stand out any longer.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • No attempt was made to find another player, and after the young man had built three stories of a card-house, which fell down, the players strolled off in different directions.

    The Voyage Out

  • And now that our card-house of high finance has gone to smash, I realize more than ever that I've got to be at peace with my own soul and on speaking terms with my own husband.

    The Prairie Mother

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