back to square one

back to square one
Back to the original position with the problem, etc, unchanged
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Main Entry:square

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in the same situation that you were in before you started to do something, with no progress made

The deal collapses and you’re back to square one.

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Main entry: square

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back to (or at) square one
informal back to where one started, with no progress having been made

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back to square ˈone idiom
a return to the situation you were in at the beginning of a project, task, etc, because you have made no real progress

If this suggestion isn't accepted, we'll be back to square one.

Main entry:squareidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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