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*in a vicious circle

Fig. in a situation in which the solution of one problem leads to a second problem, and the solution of the second problem brings back the first problem, etc. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) Life is so strange. I seem to be in a vicious circle most of the time. I put lemon in my tea to make it sour, then sugar to make it sweet. I'm in a vicious circle. Don't let your life get into a vicious circle.
See also: circle, vicious

a vicious circle

a difficult situation that cannot be improved because one problem causes another problem that causes the first problem again I get depressed so I eat and then I gain weight which depresses me so I eat again - I'm caught in a vicious circle.
See also: circle, vicious

vicious circle

A series of events in which each problem creates another and worsens the original one. For example, The fatter I get, the unhappier I am, so I eat to cheer myself up, which makes me fatter yet-it's a vicious circle . This expression comes from the French cercle vicieux, which in philosophy means "a circular proof"-that is, the proof of one statement depends on a second statement, whose proof in turn depends on the first. One writer suggests that the English meaning of "vicious" helped the expression acquire its more pejorative present sense, used since 1839.
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mod. great; excellent. Man, this burger is really vicious.
References in classic literature ?
He realized that Bob was not vicious nor mean, the trouble being that he was bursting with high spirits and was endowed with more than the average horse's intelligence.
I have invariably combated both these absurd assertions by quoting examples of fat people who were as mean, vicious, and cruel as the leanest and the worst of their neighbours.
The cockatoo, a most vicious and treacherous bird towards every one else, absolutely seems to love him.
The Count had finished his fourth tart, and had gone to a side- table to look after his vicious cockatoo.
I was on the point of answering, "I never said so," but the vicious cockatoo ruffled his clipped wings and gave a screech that set all my nerves on edge in an instant, and made me only too glad to get out of the room.
When a woman debauched from her youth, nay, even being the offspring of debauchery and vice, comes to give an account of all her vicious practices, and even to descend to the particular occasions and circumstances by which she ran through in threescore years, an author must be hard put to it wrap it up so clean as not to give room, especially for vicious readers, to turn it to his disadvantage.
To this purpose some of the vicious part of her life, which could not be modestly told, is quite left out, and several other parts are very much shortened.
At the end of one of the most vicious fights in recent memory, Barrera defeated Morales by majority decision to win Morales' WBC super featherweight title Saturday at the MGM Grand.
Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani has condemned the vicious attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran by a group of Iranian demonstrators.
When she found fame, Susan faced an internet backlash so vicious that her achievements vicious that her achievements come with an extra helping of karmic justice.
This was a vicious, deliberate, senseless attack on a defenceless animal," he said.
For the study, Laurie Ragatz and her colleagues at the University of West Virginia in Morgantown examined whether owners of vicious dogs - those classed by the American Kennel Club as breeds with a high risk of causing injury to humans - were different in personality and behaviour to others.
But Melanie Dodds knows only too well how vicious today's girls can be.
A 13-YEAR-OLD schoolboy was left battered and bruised after a vicious attack in Wrexham.