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vicious circle

noun [S] uk   us  
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.
Translations of “vicious circle”
in Chinese (Traditional) 惡性循環…
in Russian порочный круг…
in Turkish kısır döngü…
in Chinese (Simplified) 恶性循环…
in Polish błędne koło…
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