Definition of a rope of sand in English:

a rope of sand

phrase

literary
  • Used in allusion to something providing only illusory security or coherence.

    ‘our union will become a mere rope of sand’
    • ‘China was still, as Sun Yatsen said, ‘a 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’.’