rope of sand


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rope of sand

Something that is not as strong or stable as it seems. Yes, you're a fool to trust him, and this allegiance will soon prove to be a rope of sand. I thought I finally had a strong bond with my mother, but it was just a rope of sand—she's left us once again.
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a rope of sand

used in allusion to something that provides only illusory security or coherence. literary
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(48.) "At a stroke the whole context of the Zulu-Boer dispute and the Anglo-Zulu relations was dramatically transformed." Laband, Rope of Sand, 185.
Schreuder, The Scramble for Southern Africa (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980), 150; Laband, Rope of Sand, 189; Entry 13 February 1879.
A Rope of Sand: The AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education, 1955-1967