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be back where you started

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe back where you startedbe back where you startedPROGRESS#to try to do something and fail, so that you finish in the same situation that you were in before A lot of people who lose weight gain it back over time, and end up back where they started. start
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be back where you startedIf we lose tomorrow, we'll be back where we started.And if you decide that they are not, then you are back where you started.So my client and I are back where we started.To a large extent we are back where we started.
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