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[sand-kas-uh l, -kah-suh l] /ˈsændˌkæs əl, -ˌkɑ səl/
a small castlelike structure made of wet sand, as by children at a beach.
a plan or idea with little substance.
Origin of sandcastle
First recorded in 1850-55; sand + castle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • How do you expect to get into sand castle the ridiculous size that you are at present?

    The Missing Prince G. E. Farrow
  • I wonder which of them is to show me the way to sand castle.

    The Missing Prince G. E. Farrow
  • There was also the salt smell of the sea, and the Crevequers, and their sand castle.

    The Furnace

    Rose Macaulay
  • When I saw her she was sprawling over a sand castle, surrounded by cheering children.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • It dissolved before his eyes as a sand castle on the shore dissolves at the touch of an incoming tide.

    A Rock in the Baltic Robert Barr
  • Temporary ones would go out before it, washed away like a child's sand castle in a Fundy tide.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm
  • Having found these things, they entered into a contented peace, and built a sand castle.

    The Furnace

    Rose Macaulay
  • Sophy's words carried conviction that swept away her sand castle.

    The Young Step-Mother Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for sand castle

sand castle

a mass of sand moulded into a castle-like shape, esp as made by a child on the seashore
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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