square one

square one
the situation in which you begin an endeavor and to which you return if your efforts fail

the police are now back at square one after having arrested and released 27 men


she has tried to diet but always ends up back at square one

Hypernyms: ↑situation, ↑state of affairs

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: the initial stage or starting point of a process

had to start all over again, from square one — H.C.McDonald

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a starting point; initial stage or step: If this plan fails, we'll have to go back to square one.
[1955-60; alluding to board games in which a player is penalized by being forced to return to the starting point]

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noun [noncount]
: the beginning stage or starting point

His idea didn't work, so he had to go back to square one. [=he had to start over]

They lost everything and found themselves back at square one.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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