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

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The first known use of house of cards was in 1645

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“House of cards.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of house of cards

: a structure built by balancing playing cards on top of each other

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