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(idiomatic) A structure or argument built on a shaky foundation.
There are many more classic card games, and the rules can be found at sites like Family Card Games and The House of Cards.
We're a house of cards in a windstorm, held together by God knows what.
I knew from the start we were a house of cards in a windstorm, but you were the glue that held us together.
Simultaneously, Gertz was negotiating with Cardinal Alberoni and with the whigs in England; but all his ingenious combinations collapsed like a house of cards on the sudden death of Charles XII.
The El Dorado promised by communism remained a mirage until the whole edifice collapsed like the proverbial house of cards.
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