square one


: the beginning stage or starting point

Full Definition of SQUARE ONE

:  the initial stage or starting point <the failure set us back to square one>

Examples of SQUARE ONE

  1. They lost everything and found themselves back at square one.

Origin of SQUARE ONE

from the use of numbered squares in some board games
First Known Use: 1960


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