in the cards
Likely or certain to happen, as in I don't think Jim will win—it's just not in the cards. This term, originally put as on the cards, alludes to the cards used in fortune-telling. [Early 1800s]
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This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
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Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.
He invites various players to make the cards; this is done in rather a perfunctory manner.
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
Then the croupier tears open two packets of new cards, flinging the old ones into a waste-paper basket at his side.
But "the cards never forgive," and as a rule Dame Fortune is relentless to the reckless player.