Be Back To Square One – Idiom Of The Day For IELTS Speaking

idiom of the day - be back to square one

Be Back To Square One – Idiom Of The Day For IELTS Speaking.


have to work on a plan from the beginning again because a previous attempt failed and the progress made was wasted ( A chess board has 64 squares on it )


“Software engineers now have to be back to square one because of the failure of the design of the Redray software.

Negotiations have broken down, and it’s back to square one.

“We lost our appeal of the lower court decision, so back to square one.


  1. Choose the suitable idiom to complete the sentence below.
    The investigation was __________________ when Mrs. Earle proved she wasn’t anywhere nearthe crime..”
    A. run out of patience
    B. going out like a light
    C. back to square one
    D. sitting on the fence
  2. Describe the failure you have had. Try to use this idiom in your speech. You should say:
    – When it happened
    – What the failure was
    – How did you feel when you failed
    And explain how you overcame it

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