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English noun: house of cards

1. house of cards (cognition) a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control

SamplesHis proposal was nothing but a house of cards.
A real estate bubble.


Broader (hypernym)scheme, strategy

2. house of cards (artifact) an unstable construction with playing cards

SamplesHe built three levels of his cardcastle before it collapsed.

Synonymscard-house, cardcastle, cardhouse

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

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