full circle


Definition of full circle

: through a series of developments that lead back to the original source, position, or situation or to a complete reversal of the original position usually used in the phrase come full circle

Examples of full circle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her role as an Asian American working in fashion has come full circle with her identity and the impetus to speak out. Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times, "‘Chinese virus’ and other COVID-19 racism have designers, stylists of Asian heritage pushing back," 8 May 2020 The report’s worst case scenario also suggests effects of the economic slowdown could last through 2021 with recovery only expected to come full circle by 2022. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "African startups funding is set to drop by nearly half in 2020," 4 May 2020 Calder’s hands-off approach led to an exceptionally hands-on form of engagement with his work, the ethos of play come full circle. Rachel Corbett, The Atlantic, "Art in Motion," 12 Apr. 2020 The party’s backtracking on super PACs came full circle in February when Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren reversed course. Bradley A. Smith, National Review, "Super PAC Rejections Hurt Democratic Primary," 26 Mar. 2020 Then there are people deep in immigration work, notes Cooper, who can also start to experience physical and mental health consequences themselves, bringing their work full circle. S.e. Smith, Vox, "Meet the people fighting for health care access for disabled kids detained at the border," 26 June 2019 That schedule now comes full circle with the rematch. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland Conference flexes into Sweet 16: OHSAA boys basketball regional preview," 9 Mar. 2020 This weekend, the idea came full circle with the videotaping of the oral histories of 13 San Antonio mariachis. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: UT oral history project on mariachi begins where it must, in San Antonio," 10 Mar. 2020 Years later, these influences eventually came full circle for Zelenstova, who based one of her prior collections on the lo-fi visuals of and Pugacheva’s penchant for floaty silhouettes. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Knitwear Designer Katya Zelenstova Had to Leave Russia to Appreciate It," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of full circle

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of full circle was in 1878

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22 May 2020

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“Full circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full%20circle. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of full circle

: through a series of changes that lead back to an original position or situation or to an opposite position or situation

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