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

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The film showcases Kenzo’s La Collection Memento N°2 and spring/summer 2018 collections, coming full circle from their Kagura performance. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Watch Kenzo’s Dreamy Reimagining of an Ancient Japanese Folktale," 13 July 2018 For Gulati, too, Wednesday’s win allowed him to come full circle from the Qatar defeat—though not without its own tinges of bittersweet. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "World Cup 2026 Vote Provides the Jolt U.S. Soccer Sorely Needed," 13 June 2018 The 2005 film based on the novel of the same name by Ann Brashares takes sisterhood full circle over the course of one summer. Tara Paniogue, latimes.com, "10 films and TV series to help get summer started right this holiday weekend," 25 May 2018 The wheel has since turned almost full circle for Turkey, which now seems to attract more sellers than buyers. The Economist, "How Turkey fell from investment darling to junk-rated emerging market," 19 May 2018 The high school football career of Rian Davis has come nearly full circle. Chris Hays, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wekiva's Rian Davis enjoying ride as Orlando's most coveted recruit," 30 June 2018 Since the beginning of the week, computer models have come full circle in their forecasts. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "A bit of wet snow may fall Saturday, but little or no accumulation is expected," 6 Apr. 2018 In New Orleans, Reigns' main events will come full circle as the first one at WrestleMania 31 also was against Lesnar. Gene Guillot, NOLA.com, "Roman's empire: Roman Reigns is the face of the WWE," 30 Mar. 2018 The images make one thing clear: This classic city spot has a history that’s come full circle over nearly a century. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Beach Chalet: From 1925 draw to dangerous dive bar to SF classic," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of full circle

1878, in the meaning defined above

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: 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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