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square one

noun

Simple Definition of square one

  • : the beginning stage or starting point

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of square one

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

Examples of square one in a sentence

  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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