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English definition of “vicious circle”

vicious circle

noun [S]    
a continuing unpleasant situation , created when one problem causes another problem that then makes the first problem worse : Many people get caught / trapped in a vicious circle of dieting and weight gain .Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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