go back to square one


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go back to square one

Fig. to return to the starting point. (Alludes to the squares of a board game.) It's back to square one. We have to start over. It looks like it's back to square one for you.
See also: back, one, square
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With each new partner you have to go back to square one.
The defeat means the Scot must now go back to square one in his bid to qualify for next month's Grand Finals.
This discovery forces us to go back to square one on the whole formation of the Earth and moon.
Hillfields was not a nice place some years ago, but hard work by some people practically sorted it out, only to go back to square one.
Each internal party meeting throws up further obstacles to a coalition, and Labour MPs last night expressed a strong desire to, effectively, go back to square one.
I thought I'd go back to square one and once I saw him move, it was straight down the middle.
So to go back to square one after all the hard work, all the time and effort, just through a stroke of bad luck was really difficult to take.
It's very expensive and labor-intensive to go back to square one and redesign a drug when a bacterium gains resistance to a drug's existing structure.
But when we have achieved so much and moved the club forward so far, it would be in the interests of no-one to go back to square one just as we have reached square two.
Students spokesman Nick Latham explained: "We've had to go back to square one this season and start afresh.
We don't want to go back to square one and start dropping points unnecessarily a gain.
It's an imposition on the ratepayers to ask them to go back to square one and start again.
1 letter is showing the city, the City Council and the city attorney the grounds on which they could rescind the contract and go back to square one,'' said attorney James L.
I really don't want to go back to square one - the next time I might be handicapped for life.