square one

noun

Definition of square one

  1. :  the initial stage or starting point <the failure set us back to square one>

Examples of square one in a sentence

  1. They lost everything and found themselves back at square one.

Origin and Etymology of square one

from the use of numbered squares in some board games


First Known Use: 1960


SQUARE ONE Defined for English Language Learners

square one

noun

Definition of square one for English Language Learners

  • : the beginning stage or starting point


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