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noun

a starting point; initial stage or step:If this plan fails, we'll have to go back to square one.

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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

Origin of square one

First recorded in 1955–60; alluding to board games in which a player is penalized by being forced to return to the starting point
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