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go back to square one

To go back to the very first stage of something; to be returned to an initial starting point. We'll have to go back to square one if the government pulls our funding on this project. I lost all my data when the computer crashed, so I'm afraid I'm going 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.
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be/go back to square ˈone

(also start again from square ˈone) (informal) start something again from the beginning because your first idea, plan, action, etc. has failed or has been stopped: The experiment didn’t work, so it’s back to square one, I’m afraid.This may refer to going back to the beginning or first square of a board game such as ‘snakes and ladders’.
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Summary: Mumbai [India], Aug 7 (ANI): Veteran actor Anupam Kher went back to square one to release the first two official posters of his upcoming movie 'Ranchi Diaries' today.
I thought we were getting there [defensively] in the previous two games, but we went back to square one.
The machine went back to square one without any action.
HOLDEN - The search for a new Wachusett Regional School District superintendent went back to square one this week when both finalists withdrew their names from consideration.
I never really saw the point of overlooking him when we had paid over pounds 3m for his signature - he arrived on a high after a productive season in Holland and went back to square one by being benched, or not selected at all.
Therefore, we went back to square one and started by looking for a better model of HIV integrase which could be more amenable for crystallization.
O'Brien was the early front-runner until Luke Dempsey entered the race and when the management committee failed to ratify his appointment, the process went back to square one.
Redditch United went back to square one as they were soundly beaten 4-1 by Stalybridge Celtic at the Valley Stadium.
I sold players for fun there and we went back to square one.
Instead, we went back to square one, starting new studies and environmental reports on the Ruether Avenue Business Park,'' Price said.
The process went back to square one in March 2002, when a City Council committee rejected the intersection idea and WBDC opted to bow out.
They went back to square one, climbed the non-league pyramid and this team is only one promotion away from getting back to 'big' status.
Two wins and two draws and you look like you are heading in the right direction, but we had good wins earlier in the season and then we went back to square one.
Boro went back to square one as Aston Villa ran riot at the Riverside on Saturday.
We went back to square one to slow the process down to ensure that if the recall of Elois Zeanah goes forward, we'll be on the same time frame,'' Radler said Wednesday.