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Snakes send one back to square one

EtymologyEdit

Possibly from either of the children’s games hopscotch or snakes and ladders.[1][2]

AdjectiveEdit

back to square one (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Located back at the start, as after a dead-end or failure.
    After spending six hours on the intake we realized that there was nothing wrong with it, so we are back to square one.

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AdverbEdit

back to square one (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Back to the start, as after a dead-end or failure.
    After spending six hours on the intake we realized that there was nothing wrong with it, so we went back to square one.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “Extract revised for OED Online: square one”, in Oxford English Dictionary[1], January 2006, archived from the original on 16 March 2006.
  2. ^ Back to square one” in Gary Martin, The Phrase Finder, 1997–, retrieved 26 February 2017.
  3. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named pf

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