square one

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square one

n. Informal
The starting point.

[Alluding to board games with numbered squares in which a penalized player may have to return to the starting point.]

square′ one′

the starting point; initial stage or step.
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Noun1.square one - the situation in which you begin an endeavor and to which you return if your efforts fail; "the police are now back at square one after having arrested and released 27 men"; "she has tried to diet but always ends up back at square one"
situation, state of affairs - the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time; "the present international situation is dangerous"; "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"; "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt