a house of cards

a house of cards

an organization or a plan that is very weak and can easily be destroyed Their partners began to suspect that the company was a financial house of cards.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of house of cards (a small structure made of playing cards)
See also: card, house, of

a house of cards

an organization or a plan that is very weak and can easily be destroyed The organization that looked so solid and dependable turned out to be a house of cards.
See also: card, house, of
References in classic literature ?
But he had only to forget the artificial train of reasoning, and to turn from life itself to what had satisfied him while thinking in accordance with the fixed definitions, and all this artificial edifice fell to pieces at once like a house of cards, and it became clear that the edifice had been built up out of those transposed words, apart from anything in life more important than reason.
The whole Diaz machine would go down like a house of cards.
By the glare, Adam could see the tower shake and tremble, and finally fall to pieces like a house of cards.
Yes--I--no: yes, it was beautiful," he said, looking at her blindly, and wondering if, whenever he heard those two syllables, all his carefully built-up world would tumble about him like a house of cards.
My dear, it went down like a house of cards before my breath.
I knew full well that should the bear make a determined effort to get at us, the rocks I had piled as a barrier would come tumbling down about his giant shoulders like a house of cards, and that he would walk directly in upon us.