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
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- 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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This is a house of cards, and I'm afraid it could all come down at any time.
Well the house of cards is starting to fall finally.
John Monnier, another one of the team leaders, admits that he was skeptical about all this tilted-disk business; it just seemed like a house of cards.
This is the house of cards that is now collapsing.
This is not just because of strange things happening once a small alteration is made to the house of cards; it is also because it cannot remotely be justified as a high priority in the present circumstances.