house of cards definition

  • noun:
    • A flimsy framework, arrangement, or scenario that is at risk of collapsing or a deep failing: "The collapse for the rupiah . . . has taken down a property of cards in overleveraged conglomerates” ( Sander Thoenes).
    • A structure made by laying cards perpendicularly along with each other
    • A structure or argument built on a shaky basis
    • a speculative plan that will depend on unstable elements your planner cannot control
    • an unstable building with playing cards

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