one step forward, two steps back


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one step forward, two steps back

Marked by a small amount progress that is then eradicated by a large amount of setbacks, problems, or difficulties. So many administrative hurdles have been thrown up along the way that this whole project has been one step forward and two steps back ever since we began!
See also: back, one, step, two

one step ˌforward, two steps ˈback

(saying) used to say that every time you make progress, something bad happens that means that the situation is worse than before: Trying to get the law changed has been a frustrating business. It’s a case of one step forward, two steps back.
See also: back, one, step, two
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