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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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Pakistani restaurant delivery boy, who is jobless now, says life has gone back to square one after months of fame following his win.
If the SPD vote had failed, Merkel's efforts at government formation would have gone back to square one. Her only other practical options would have been to invite the reluctant Green Party into a coalition, or to call a fresh election to break the deadlock.
I feel like I've gone back to square one. I'm like Bambi."
What seems to have happened is that it has gone back to square one again."
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At the age of nearly 40, considering all he's done and all the money he's earned, he's gone back to square one and the house where he was a teenager.
Warwickshire do not believe that Giles has gone back to square one and that his latest setback, described as "a niggle" will require only a period of rest and rehabilitation.
"We've gone back to square one. There have been harsh words and the players have got to start looking at themselves when it comes to defending.
However, he reckons that Hearts have gone back to square one as they now begin the process of seeking a new manager.
Obviously Scotland have gone back to square one and are building a completely new team under Berti Vogts, but the finishes Korea produced to humble my countrymen 4-1 were all out of the top drawer.
It is like she has gone back to square one and has just had the operation again.
"They have gone back to square one to review the entire process.
I feel as if I have gone back to square one and can't see any happiness in the future, just more burdens and responsibility for me to shoulder alone.
Warwickshire do not believe that Giles has gone back to square one and that his latest setback, described as a 'niggle', will require only a period of rest and rehabilitation treatment to get him playing again.