go back to square one


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

Examples of go back to square one in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic has made all businesses go back to square one and reinvent themselves, so now is your time to shine! Michael Graziano, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Since the current vaccines are already in circulation, manufacturers probably wouldn’t have to go back to square one to get a vaccine approved for a new strain, experts have said. Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2021

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“Go back to square one.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20back%20to%20square%20one. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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