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one step forward, two steps back

If you take one step ​forward, two ​steps back, you make ​progress but then ​experienceevents that ​cause you to be ​further behind than you were when you made the ​progress.
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Translations of “one step forward, two steps back”
in Chinese (Simplified) 进一步,退两步…
in Chinese (Traditional) 進一步,退兩步…
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