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- n. an unstable construction with playing cards
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September 12th, 2010 at 12:23 pm via the fine mind behind cardhouse and the archives there, reminder that fried foodstuffs are endemic to county fairs everywhere:
All of life was just a cardhouse built of errors and all it took was the smallest jolt to knock it down.
Excellent gallery of outré product packaging from cardhouse.
Though ofcourse below the surface my life was a cardhouse always close to collapsing.
It was growing dark, so that we could just distinguish the dim outlines of the two vessels in the offing; and the great seas were rolling in, in regular lines, growing larger and larger as they approached the shore, and hanging over the beach upon which they were to break, when their tops would curl over and turn white with foam, and, beginning at one extreme of the line, break rapidly to the other, as a long cardhouse falls when the children knock down the cards at one end.