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Noun: house of cards
  1. A speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control
    "his proposal was nothing but a house of cards";
    - bubble
  2. An unstable construction with playing cards
    "he built three levels of his house of cards before it collapsed";
    - cardhouse, card-house, cardcastle

Derived forms: houses of cards

Type of: construction, scheme, strategy, structure

Encyclopedia: House of cards