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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
References in classic literature ?
The first stall was a large square one, shut in behind with a wooden gate; the others were common stalls, good stalls, but not nearly so large; it had a low rack for hay and a low manger for corn; it was called a loose box, because the horse that was put into it was not tied up, but left loose, to do as he liked.
The street lamps were already lit; and through the mist in the square one could see little figures hurrying across the road and along the pavement, on the farther side.
The room was the good-sized, square one, with the folding doors, the marble mantel-piece, and the gloomy, old-fashioned distinction peculiar to the Albany.
He had a conviction that not one in a hundred of them was intrinsically square; and as for the square ones, he prophesied that, playing in a crooked game, they were sure to lose and in the long run go broke.
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Summary: Mumbai [India], Aug 7 (ANI): Veteran actor Anupam Kher went back to square one to release the first two official posters of his upcoming movie 'Ranchi Diaries' today.
This is why I am calling for everybody to go back to square one.