house of cards

noun phrase

Definition of house of cards 

: a structure, situation, or institution that is insubstantial, shaky, or in constant danger of collapse

First Known Use of house of cards

1645, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about house of cards

Share house of cards

Statistics for house of cards

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for house of cards

The first known use of house of cards was in 1645

See more words from the same year

Comments on house of cards

What made you want to look up house of cards? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the setting in which something occurs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!