go around in circles, to

go around in circles


go round in circles

If someone goes around in circles or goes round in circles, they achieve little because they repeatedly deal with the same point or problem. This was one of those debates which simply went round in circles. My mind was going around in circles.
See also: around, circle, go
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

go around in circles, to

To keep trying but get absolutely nowhere. The idea behind this expression dates back to the time when it was first observed that persons who are lost tend to wander in circles and hence cannot ever reach their desired destination. Plato used the term figuratively (Charmides) for an argument that leads nowhere: “You drag me round and round in a circle.” See also run around in circles.
See also: around, go
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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