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full circle

to the original place, source, or state through a cycle of developments (usually used in the phrase come full circle).
Origin of full circle
1875-80, for literal sense Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "The wheel has swung the full circle now," said George one night.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • One picture the complement of the other; the two exhibited the full circle of his philosophy.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • He wore upon his head the war-eagle bonnet, with its full circle of plumes: the finest triumph of savage taste.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Sex-passion in her has been driven so far that it has come round "full circle" and has become sexless passion.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • These two books taken together suggest an aspect from which it may be profitable to consider Mrs. Hamilton's full circle.

  • Bruce Gordon had now managed to make a full circle, back to his beginnings on Mars.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • The dotted circle is drawn from the axial line of the drill as a centre, while the full circle is drawn from b as a centre.

  • I swung a full circle—and to my horror I felt the axe plunging into soft flesh and crunching on a bone.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill

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