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back to square one

Definitions

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  • adjective idiomatic Located back at the start, as after a dead-end or failure.
  • adverb idiomatic Back to the start, as after a dead-end or failure.

Etymologies

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the phrase most likely originated from children's games such as hopscotch and snakes and ladders. The earliest recorded use of it in print is from a 1952 edition of the Economic Journal.

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