cardhouse

noun, often attributive
variants: or cardcastle

Definition of cardhouse

plural -s
: a structure or situation felt to resemble a construction built of playing cards in being insubstantial, unsound, or in constant danger of collapse
  • a cardhouse plan that collapsed at the first test
called also house of cards

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Origin and Etymology of cardhouse

3card + house or castle


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