(to be) on the cards

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - on the cards

"(to be) on the cards"

likely or certain to happen, occur, or take place


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on the cards

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I just don't think a promotion is on 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 educational 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 not in my future with this company.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on 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 on 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) on the cards - Gerund Form:

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

(to be) on the cards - Examples:

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

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

3)  A return to the moon is still on 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 on the cards. It was predictable. Ryan knew it. It isn't an excuse.

5)  Besides, a $1.5 billion recall just isn't on 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 on the cards. My plan was to work and start my family.

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

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

9)  Even if they know a full professorship isn't on 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 on the cards

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

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

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

14)  ... in Apple's retail system says that a 64GB iPhone could also be on 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 on 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 on the cards right now.

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

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

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

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