#IOTW: Idioms related to shape

1. To go back to square one. Meaning: to start over because of setbacks.


  • “June’s business is failing. I think she needs to go back to square one.”

2. To be fair and square. Meaning: to treat everyone impartially.


  • “As an elected mayor, I want you to be fair and square to everyone.”

3. To attempt to square the circle. Meaning: to try to do the impossible.


  • “I will attempt to square the circle; I want to find the Fountain of Youth!”

4. To round on someone. Meaning: to react angrily on someone.


  • “She rounded on the bullies and slapped them.”

5. A vicious circle/cycle. Meaning: the solution of the problem starts another problem.


  • “Avenging people is a vicious circle, Master Bruce. It is not justice.”

6. Circling the drain. Meaning: dying but continues to cling to life.


  • “My grandma has been circling the drain for a couple of weeks. I think she’s waiting for my brother to come home.”

7. Spiral out of control. Meaning: A situation that gets worse all the time.


  • “The number of crime is spiraling out of control lately. We need to do something about it.”

Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, 7 October 2016



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