sandcastle

[ sand-kas-uhl, -kah-suhl ]
/ ˈsændˌkæs əl, -ˌkɑ səl /

noun

a small castlelike structure made of wet sand, as by children at a beach.
a plan or idea with little substance.

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Origin of sandcastle

First recorded in 1850–55; sand + castle
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Example sentences from the Web for sandcastle

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

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

    Happy Pollyooly|Edgar Jepson

British Dictionary definitions for sandcastle

sand castle

noun

a mass of sand moulded into a castle-like shape, esp as made by a child on the seashore
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