in\ the\ cards

in\ the\ cards
• in the cards
• on the cards
adj. phr. informal
To be expected; likely to happen; foreseeable; predictable.

It was in the cards for the son to succeed his father as head of the business.

John finally decided that it wasn't in the cards for him to succeed with that company.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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