(to be) in the cards

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in the cards

"(to be) in the cards"

likely or certain to happen, occur, or take place


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in the cards

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I just don't think a promotion is in the cards for me.

Colleague 2: Why do you say that?

Colleague 1: Although I am really good at my job, I simply don't have the education credentials to back it up.

Colleague 2: So, you don't think you will ever get promoted?

Colleague 1: I highly doubt it. It is just no in my future with this company.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in the cards

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: You and your wife have been fighting for months now. It seems really bad for your relationship.

Friend 2: I think that a divorce is in the cards.

Friend 1: Really?

Friend 2: It seems inevitable. We just can't seem to resolve our differences. I imagine we will start talking about divorce in the next few days.

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(to be) in the cards - Gerund Form:

Being in the cards, the long sought after promotion was inevitable.

(to be) in the cards - Examples:

1)  Sometimes it's just not in the cards for things to go perfectly. Although we can use all kinds of position changes ...

2)  Trust your instincts that divorce may be in the cards and begin to plan logically while you still can.

3)  A return to the moon is still in the cards on the flexible path, but going to lunar orbit first defers the cost of ...

4)  ... was going to behave as she did. It was in the cards. It was predictable. Ryan knew it. It isn't an excuse.

5)  Besides, a $1.5 billion recall just isn't in the cards. Like I said before, Apple will only recall something if it starts blowing ...

6)  ... education wasn't a priority and college wasn't in the cards. My plan was to work and start my family.

7)  Today, complete abandonment of human spaceflight is not in the cards; Congress would not stand for it.

8)  I still think that if a publishing deal is in the cards, then it's worth pursuing.

9)  Even if they know a full professorship isn't in the cards, they may still have some very implausible ideas about what awaits them as the ...

10)  I wish we could relocate away from Boston but that is not in the cards

11)  What the market really wanted was global a deal and that is not in the cards.

12)  My promotion to a higher position just isn't in the cards.

13)  We never had any kids, it wasn't in the cards for us.

14)  ... in Apple's retail system says that a 64GB iPhone could also be in the cards. This isn't the first time we've heard talk about a higher-capacity iPhone.

15)  A manned mission to Mars has been in the cards for years. It's an ambitious plan to say the least.

16)  I may have a dog one day but it's not in the cards right now.

17)  If you agree that a slow, steady recovery is in the cards then it should have a positive effect on lumber prices. 

18)  ... but I just don't see it in the cards any time soon. This is a sad thing to say,  ...

19)  That doesn't seem to be in the cards for the next few years.

20)  I wasn't sure if motherhood was in the cards for me so I decided not to plan on that front.