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house of cards

 
Noun house of cards has 2 senses
  1. house of cards, bubble - a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control; "his proposal was nothing but a house of cards"; "a real estate bubble"
    --1 is a kind of scheme, strategy
  2. house of cards, cardhouse, card-house, cardcastle - an unstable construction with playing cards; "he built three levels of his cardcastle before it collapsed"
    --2 is a kind of structure, construction
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