one step forward, two back

one step forward, two 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, two back ever since we began!
See also: back, one, step, two
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