house of cards

noun phrase

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

Examples of house of cards in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of house of cards was in 1645

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“House of cards.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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