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vicious circle

A negative situation that is constantly maintained or worsened, rather than resolved. Underdeveloped countries are often stuck in a vicious circle of poverty that their citizens can never overcome. I use my credit card because I don't make enough money to pay my bills, and as soon as I get paid, any extra money goes toward my credit card bill. That vicious circle is why I'm constantly broke!
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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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Muhammad Shafiq claimed that Pervez Musharraf is the only person who can steer the country out from the vicious circle of the crisis and give a prosperous Pakistan to the masses, adding that the people are fed up with the existing crippled system of governance.
6%, inflation in the eurozone is only marginally above its 2% target, but economists said the ECB had taken a hard line over fears the rising cost of oil and commodity prices could lead to higher wage demands, forcing the bloc into a vicious circle.
A vicious circle which creates its own desperation factors, and it's that very desperation that I believe some Liverpool fans are reacting to now, not least of which, is the onerous thought that Man U might overcome our title wins.
Being depressed can lead to weight gain, and being overweight can lead to depression, creating a vicious circle.
But what such late payers fail to recognise is that late payment invariably has a significant knock- on effect which affects businesses right along the transaction chain and goes around in a vicious circle.
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Clearly, the well off don't understand the workings of a vicious circle.
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