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.”
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