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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/house%20of%20cards. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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