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Meaning of “go/be back to square one” in the English Dictionary

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go/be back to square one

informal to be ​forced to ​think of a new ​course of ​action because ​your first ​course of ​actionfailed: The ​deal with the ​housefell through so I'm ​afraid we're back to square one.
(Definition of go/be back to square one from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “go/be back to square one”
in Chinese (Simplified) 被迫从头做起, 回到起点…
in Chinese (Traditional) 被迫從頭做起, 回到起點…
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