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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. 2017.
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  • But it's my idea that Miss Allonby has too much insight to build herself such a sand-castle.

    The Tree of Knowledge

    Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • The sand-castle on which Pollyooly and Kathleen had worked so hard stood directly in the line of it.

    Happy Pollyooly

    Edgar Jepson
  • After a while the children tired of rounders and betook themselves to building a sand-castle.

    Happy Pollyooly

    Edgar Jepson
Word Origin and History for sand-castle

1838, from sand (n.) + castle (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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