in a vicious circle

*in a vicious circle

Fig. in a situation in which the solution of one problem leads to a second problem, and the solution of the second problem brings back the first problem, etc. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) Life is so strange. I seem to be in a vicious circle most of the time. I put lemon in my tea to make it sour, then sugar to make it sweet. I'm in a vicious circle. Don't let your life get into a vicious circle.
See also: circle, vicious
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Everton appear to be trapped in a vicious circle of their own making.
"It's like going around in a vicious circle because we want a change to happen, but of course, none of them will agree to have their powers diminished."