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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. 2017.
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  • On the other hand, if he circles the other way he makes a full circle and hits the trail and is going just as fast as ever.

    Hunting Dogs Oliver Hartley
  • "The wheel has swung the full circle now," said George one night.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • The full circle that the old man had made instead of the proper half-turn of a turnover.

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

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • These two books taken together suggest an aspect from which it may be profitable to consider Mrs. Hamilton's full circle.

  • The advanced edges of the flutes are all full circle, so as to maintain the diameter of the drill and keep the tool steady.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • Werner von Orseln, the eldest and gravest of all, glanced round the full circle of his mess.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett

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