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Be at square one

be at square one

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go back to square one

verb phrase

To be forced to return to one’s starting point, usually after a waste of effort; make a new beginning

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back to square one, square one

[1960+; probably fr the first or starting square of a board game; an elaborate suggestion that it refers to a British grid system for locating places on the soccer field, for radio broadcasting of games, cannot be verified]


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