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English definition of “back to square one”

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.Starting againStarting and beginning Grammar:BackBack is an adverb, noun, adjective or verb.Grammar:Back as an adverb[taking a photograph]Grammar:Back as a nounGrammar:Back as an adjectiveGrammar:Back as a verb[talking about a pet dog]
(Definition of back to square one from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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