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'back to square one' vs 'back to piece one'



 
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'back to square one' vs 'back to piece one' #1 (permalink) Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:58 am   'back to square one' vs 'back to piece one'
 

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ESL/EFL Test #279 "English Slang Idioms (1)", question 2

The wall we were building fell over; I guess we're back to ......... one.

(a) fact
(b) platform
(c) piece
(d) square

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #279 "English Slang Idioms (1)", answer 2

The wall we were building fell over; I guess we're back to square one.

Correct answer: (d) square

Your answer was: incorrect
The wall we were building fell over; I guess we're back to piece one.
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Back to square one #2 (permalink) Wed Jun 04, 2008 20:16 pm   Back to square one
 

Hi Neece,
"Back to square one" refers to starting over and going back to the starting/beginning point because the first attempt failed. It's an expression used when a person is trying to complete a project but that initial project plan is going to fail or has failed so they have to start again - they are back to square one.
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