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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.
See also: back, go, one, square
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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.
See also: back, go, one, square
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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’.
See also: back, go, one, square
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"I think we're better than going back to square one, and am still hopeful we'll get there in time." The Markets, pages 42-43 Thursday entries, page 113
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It is not a case of going back to square one. I intend to carry on from where I left off.
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Stating that the injured Dale Steyn still a 'work of progress', Moosajee said that the challenge for them is that they can only get him bowling once he is completely symptom free, adding that there is a danger of aggravating the injury and going back to square one if fast bowlers like Steyn are allowed to bowl too early.
A big tack windward for the brand, the prioritization of aesthetics meant an enormous redesign and going back to square one. "Every aspect, from material and shape to the user experience, was considered from an entirely new perspective that focuses on premium device aesthetics and functionality," says Samsung senior designer Hong Yeo.
"I didn't want to do that as I felt I would have been going back to square one.
There is no doubt that we are at a true crossroads." "We are either moving towards peace or going back to square one. What I heard from both delegations is promising but we shouldn't forget that the challenges are enormous and the gap between them is large," he noted.
going back to square one, effectively treating you as a new customer (but without changing your contract).
Following our call, Vodafone is going back to square one, effectively treating you as a new customer (but without changing your contract).
"I think it probably would feel like going back to square one if we lost, so we've got to try and make sure we are not back to square one.
NNA - Water and Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil sounded adamant that there is no going back to square one in exploiting Lebanon's oil wealth, describing Lebanon's petroleum-related legislative and regulatory system as enjoying high standards of transparency.