Meaning of “one step forward, two steps back” in the English Dictionary

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"one step forward, two steps back" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “one step forward, two steps back” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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