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Square one


Start at the beginning.  ‘Square one’ refers to a board game of many squares to follow to the end, so square one is the very beginning. It is typically used when some progress  has been made but due to new challenges or calamity, the process has to begin anew.

“After working on this project for two months, a fire destroyed our files so now we have to go back to square one.”

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