Idiom:  back to square one


Idiom:  back to square one

  • to be back at the starting point of something

Example sentences

  • I picked up all the leaves and branches from my lawn yesterday but there was a storm last night and now I’m back to square one.
  • In September, I could run 5 miles but I didn't exercise all winter and now I'm back to square one trying to run just one mile. 
  • The director changed the meeting topic this morning so we're back to square one in terms of speaker ideas.
  • I was a finalist for three jobs I was interviewing for but I didn't get any offers so now I'm back to square one.
  • My first business failed so I'm back to square one but I'm not going to give up.
  • My sister's divorce was just finalized and she's really having a hard time being back to square one at 42 years old.
  • I've been trying to de-clutter the house but every time I make progress, someone dumps a bunch of stuff into the room that I've cleared out and I'm back to square one again.
  • I lost 15 lbs this spring by eating well and exercising but after two weeks of partying and drinking in Mexico, I'm back to square one.


  • back to the drawing board
  • start from scratch

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