One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used in allusion to something providing only illusory security or coherence.‘our union will become a mere rope of sand’
- ‘The effort to maintain his dream with such consistency as to make it a reality is enormous, ‘much more arduous than weaving a rope of sand or coining the faceless wind’.’
- ‘China was still, as Sun Yatsen said, ‘a rope of sand’.’
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