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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 action failed: The deal with the house fell through so I'm afraid we're back to square one.
(Definition of go/be back to square one from the Cambridge Advanced Learners 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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