in the cards

in the cards
 Likely to happen.
 ► “This time, however, a cyclical BULL market is not in the cards. Traders should instead prepare for a major SHAKEOUT before year end.” (Futures–Cedar Falls , Sept. 1995, p. 32)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • in the cards — informal very possible or likely an overwhelming military triumph is in the cards * * * in the cards (US) (or Brit on the cards) : certain or likely to happen in the future No one knows what s in the cards for the economy next year. [=what will… …   Useful english dictionary

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