go back to square one

Definition of go back to square one

  1. :  to start over His idea didn't work, so he had to go back to square one.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move on a course :  proceed — compare stop

    :  to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied :  leave, depart

    :  to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. :  the act or manner of going

    :  the height of fashion :  rage

    :  an often unexpected turn of affairs :  occurrence

  1. :  functioning properly :  being in good and ready condition

  1. :  a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

backplay
  1. :  the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

    :  the body considered as the wearer of clothes

    :  capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. :  to, toward, or at the rear

    :  in or into the past :  backward in time

    :  ago

  1. :  being at or in the back

    :  distant from a central or main area

    :  articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage :  formed deep within the mouth

  1. :  to support by material or moral assistance

    :  substantiate

    :  to assume financial responsibility for

squareplay
  1. :  an instrument having at least one right angle and two straight edges used especially to lay out or test right angles

    :  a rectangle with all four sides equal

    :  any of the quadrilateral spaces marked out on a board for playing games

  1. :  having four equal sides and four right angles

    :  forming a right angle

    :  having a square base

  1. :  to make square or rectangular

    :  to test for deviation from a right angle, straight line, or plane surface

    :  to bring approximately to a right angle

  1. :  in a straightforward or honest manner

    :  so as to face or be face-to-face

    :  at right angles


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