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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal The starting point.

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  • n. the place where one begins; a lack of progress

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  • n. the situation in which you begin an endeavor and to which you return if your efforts fail

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alluding to board games with numbered squares in which a penalized player may have to return to the starting point.

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