Rope of sand

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British pronunciation/ɹˈəʊp ɒv sˈand/
American pronunciation/ɹˈoʊp ʌv sˈænd/
rope of sand

a thing that is nowhere as good or strong as it appears

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rope of sand definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "rope of sand" and when to use it?

The phrase "rope of sand" is a metaphorical idiom that has been used for centuries to depict something that is weak, fragile, or insubstantial. The origin of the expression can be traced to various literary and historical sources, and it is employed to describe relationships, agreements, or connections that are easily broken or lack a strong foundation, emphasizing the futility of relying on such feeble bonds.

In a world where alliances can be as fragile as a rope of sand, it's essential to establish solid foundations for cooperation.
Despite their vows of loyalty, their partnership turned out to be a rope of sand, as they quickly drifted apart.
Their trust was like a rope of sand, unable to withstand the strains and pressures of their strained relationship.
The fragile peace agreement between the two warring nations resembled a rope of sand, shattered by the slightest provocation.
The project's success was hanging by a thread, like a rope of sand, with inadequate planning and resources.
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