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English definition of “one step forward, two steps back”

one step forward, two steps back

If you take one step forward, two steps back, you make progress but then experience events that cause you to be further behind than you were when you made the progress.Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of one step forward, two steps back from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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