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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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).

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  • n. A structure made by laying cards perpendicularly on top of each other
  • n. A structure or argument built on a shaky foundation

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

  • n. a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control
  • n. an unstable construction with playing cards


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