Friday, February 22, 2013

cliché: back to square one

Meaning: return to the beginning; start again.

Example: If this experiment doesn’t yield the answer, we’ll have to go back to square one.

Origins: Various possibilities: English football broadcasts, board games, or hopscotch.

  (Definitions and origins.)


  • revisit square one
  • back to “Start”
  • back to launch
  • time to reboot
  • reset to zero

Discussion: I mainly worked with the board game scenario, since that seems to me to be the most apt metaphor. 

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