square one

noun

Definition of square one

: the initial stage or starting point the failure set us back to square one

Examples of square one in a Sentence

They lost everything and found themselves back at square one.
Recent Examples on the Web Wentz failed, both on the field and off, putting the Colts back at square one. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Mar. 2022 Many are entering the workforce starting at square one, requiring intensive on-the-job training beyond traditional on-boarding. Mark Livingston, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 In the final act of the financial magic show, Michael Dell is unwinding the complexity, paying down debt and returning to square one, albeit a much richer man. Antoine Gara, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 But like other businesses, hers was brought back to square one by COVID. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Jan. 2022 More recently, the initial plan to remake the city’s sports arena property was rejected by state officials and forced back to square one. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 The decision by the CDC will not send us back to square one. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 Successful court challenges can send a project back to square one. Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 But as the setting sun casts golden hues on the quaint wooden shop fronts on the bustling town square one Sunday, the lack of people of color leaves me feeling lonely. Jason Armond, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of square one

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for square one

from the use of numbered squares in some board games

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The first known use of square one was in 1960

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24 Jun 2022

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“Square one.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square%20one. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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