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in the cards

Very likely or certain to happen, occur, or take place. If you keep performing at this level, I think a promotion is in the cards. They've played very well today, but it doesn't look like a championship title is in the cards for this team today.
See also: card
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*in the cards

Fig. in the future. (*Typically: be ~; see something ~.) Well, what do you think is in the cards for tomorrow? I asked the boss if there was a raise in the cards for me.
See also: card
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in the cards

Likely or certain to happen, as in I don't think Jim will win-it's just not in the cards. This term, originally put as on the cards, alludes to the cards used in fortune-telling. [Early 1800s]
See also: card
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in the cards

Likely or certain to happen: My promotion to a higher position just isn't in the cards.
See also: card
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in the cards

A likely or probable occurrence. The term refers to the cards of fortune-telling and began life as on the cards. It was well known by the time Dickens used it in several novels, as in Bleak House (1852): “It don’t come out altogether so plain as to please me, but it’s on the cards.”
See also: card
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