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back to square one

If you are back to square one, you have to start working on a plan from the beginning because your previous attempt failed completely: If this doesn't work we're back to square one.
(Definition of back to square one from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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