Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


a structure or plan that is insubstantial and subject to imminent collapse, as a structure made by balancing playing cards against each other:
The scheme is so overly complicated that it’s likely to prove to be just another house of cards.
a tiered structure created by balancing playing cards on their edges
an unstable situation, plan, etc
A weak and fragile structure, plan, or organization, as in Her scheme to reorganize the school sounds like another house of cards, or Jerry built his entire business on what turned out to be a house of cards. This metaphoric expression alludes to the structure made by balancing playing cards against one another. [ First half of 1600s ]


Read Also:

  • House-of-commons

    noun 1. the elective, lower house of the Parliament of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, and various other countries in the Commonwealth of Nations. noun 1. (in Britain, Canada, etc) the lower chamber of Parliament The lower house of the parliament of Britain. It includes representatives from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, all […]

  • House-of-correction

    noun 1. a place for the confinement and reform of persons convicted of minor offenses and not regarded as confirmed criminals. noun 1. (formerly) a place of confinement for persons convicted of minor offences

  • House-of-councilors

    noun 1. the upper house of the Japanese diet.

  • House-of-delegates

    noun 1. the lower house of the General Assembly in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

Disclaimer: House-of-cards definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.