on the cards


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Related to on the cards: To turn over a new leaf, at least, paint the town red, roughshod, up to par

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.
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on the cards

Very likely or certain to happen, occur, or take place. They've played very well, but it doesn't look like a championship title is on the cards for this team today. A: "Do you have anything on the cards for tomorrow?" B: "No, it's looking like a pretty slow Saturday for me."
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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.
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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]
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on the cards

BRITISH or

in the cards

AMERICAN
COMMON If something is on the cards, it is very likely to happen. Reform of the way hospitals and schools are funded is on the cards. He claims invasion was never on the cards. There's no need to look so surprised. It's been in the cards, as they say, for a long time. Note: This is a reference to Tarot cards, or to other cards used to predict the future.
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in the cards

Likely or certain to happen: My promotion to a higher position just isn't in the cards.
See also: card