go\ in\ a\ circle

• in a circle
• in circles
• go in a circle
• go in circles
• go around in circles
adv. phr.
Without any progress; without getting anywhere; uselessly.

The committee debated for two hours, just talking in circles.

If you don't have a clear aim, you can work a long time and still be going in circles.

He seemed to be working hard, but was just running around in circles.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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