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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And funny enough, charging my phone in the kitchen at night has brought me full circle, doubling my love for Goodreads, the nerdy social media platform where users share their book reviews and want-to-read lists. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Change Your Life, One Bad Phone Habit at a Time," 5 July 2018 But the shift brought the problem full circle: 15-passenger vans are subject to numerous government safety warnings, restricted by schools and not required by state law to obtain annual inspections. Justin Price, The Courier-Journal, "How the horror of the Carrollton bus crash made highways safer," 10 May 2018 It’s full circle of them doing good in the movies and doing good in real life. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Feeding the Force on May the 4th," 2 May 2018 China’s new central bank boss comes full circle from Maoism. Joanna Ossinger, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 20 Mar. 2018 This past spring, his early love of ballet came full circle when he was commissioned to design the costumes for London’s Royal Ballet, and was welcomed to the stage for their debut in March. Christine Whitney, The Cut, "The Designer Who Prefers Pickles to Chocolate," 2 July 2018 The mountain of evidence contained in the report also brings the story of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma full circle by providing an extraordinary inside look at the secretive drug maker’s early knowledge about OxyContin abuse and addiction. Barry Meier, STAT, "Reviving an old book to tell a new story about OxyContin, Purdue, and the Sackler family," 6 June 2018 Ending that way, each year brings the show full circle as to why everyone is there. Jake Burrows, The Aegis, "CMW students stand up, raise money for AutismSpeaks," 3 Apr. 2018 In a way, the discovery brings scientists' understanding of sauropods full circle. Steve Brusatte, National Geographic, "Huge Dinosaur Footprints Discovered on Scottish Coast," 2 Apr. 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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