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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Now, the company is going full circle, and adding lenses specifically for dogs. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Snapchat goes full circle, adds lenses for dogs," 26 Dec. 2018 Wagner's career has come full circle, having left the Bavarian giants in search of first-team football a decade ago. SI.com, "Bayern's New Signing Sandro Wagner Claims He is 'the Best German Striker' After Getting Off the Mark," 29 Jan. 2018 Further east in Spitalfields and Brick Lane, London’s French revival comes full circle. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Find London’s Hidden French Side," 7 Jan. 2019 Now, the emoji moment has come full circle, with Taylor fans using it to take aim at people the singer doesn't agree with. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Fans Are Flooding Tennessee Senate Candidate Marsha Blackburn's Instagram With Snake Emojis," 9 Oct. 2018 The final slide brings the video full circle, with present-day Charles standing beside his mother. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Royal Family Wished Prince Charles a Happy 70th Birthday with a Special Video," 14 Nov. 2018 The arc of retail was really coming full circle to people wanting something of their own. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "The Man Who Could Save Retail," 17 Sep. 2018 While this story seems like a cut and dry full circle moment for the two friends, there was actually more to it. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Paris Hilton Didn't Know She Was Being Dressed as Kim Kardashian for the Yeezy Campaign," 15 Feb. 2018 These ’90s looks have come full circle, embraced by a generation of vintage-minded millennials that missed them the first time around. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How ‘90s Clothing Brands are Using Retro Designs to Entice Millennials," 29 Oct. 2018

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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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: 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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