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vicious circle

noun
variants: also vicious cycle

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a repeating situation or condition in which one problem causes another problem that makes the first problem worse
  • We're trapped in a vicious circle of needing to borrow money in order to pay debts.

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The first known use of vicious circle was circa 1792

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“Vicious circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/vicious%20circle. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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