back to square one

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Located back at the start, as after a dead-end or failure.

Etymology:

  • Possibly from either of the children’s games hopscotch or snakes and ladders.
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After spending six hours on the intake we realized that there was nothing wrong with it, so we are back to square one.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'back to square one':

Back to Square OneA situation in which, one has to return to an earlier state due to certain drawbacks or failures
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