- house\ of\ cards
- n. phr.Something badly put together and easily knocked down; a poorly founded plan, hope, or action.
John's business fell apart like a house of cards.
Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". Оригинал: A.Маккей, М.Т.Боткер, Дж.И.Гейтс. 1997.
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