come full circle


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come full circle

To return to the original or a similar position, situation, or circumstance where one or something started. After the banking sector brought on the economic collaps through lack of federal oversight, things seem to be coming full circle as politicians are beginning to call for deregulation of the industry once again. I used to work in in kitchens during college to support myself, and now, after working for years as an attorney, I've come full circle and am the head chef of my own restaurant.
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come full circle

Fig. to return to the original position or state of affairs. The family sold the house generations ago, but things have come full circle and one of their descendants lives there now.
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come full circle

to return to the same situation or attitude you originally had I left publishing, tried teaching, and now I've come full circle back to publishing.
Usage notes: also used in the form bring something full circle: The film starts in the present, then moves to the past before bringing the story full circle back to the present.
See also: circle, come, full

come/go/turn full circle

if something or someone has come full circle after changing a lot, they are now the same as they were at the beginning My career has come full circle and I am back at the school where I started out as a teacher thirty years ago. In the meantime her opinions have gone full circle and she has decided to rejoin the party.
See also: circle, come, full