to come full circle

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - come full circle

"to come full circle"

to return to the same situation or attitude you originally had


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - come full circle

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How long have you worked here?

Colleague 2:  Just over twenty years.

Colleague 1:  And how many times have you seen the office environment re-arranged?

Colleague 2:  Three. We started with traditional closed offices. Then the fashion was for the "open-office" concept. That didn't work very well due to noise and employees not being able to concentrate well. Then came the "cubicle" design with partial walls and a semi-open space. Nobody really liked that either. And now we have come full circle back to the traditional closed offices.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - come full circle

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  Do you remember how we used to parent when the kids were small?

Husband:  Sure. We were very permissive.

Wife:  Then the kids became teenagers.

Husband:  And we adopted a far more strict attitude towards parenting.

Wife:  And now that the kids have almost grown up and are getting ready to leave home?

Husband:  We have come full circle back to being permissive again.

to come full circle - Usage:


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to come full circle - Gerund Form:

Coming full circle in management philosophy, the office was back with the original way of doing things.

to come full circle - Examples:

1)  It seems the humanizing trend has come full circle -- back to paying homage to pets' animal natures. 

2)  I think we've come full circle in games where we have to do the 'shocking twist' thing so much.

3)  I think you have come full circle. You have forgiven your ex and are co-parenting.

4)  The bloody, violent chain of events has come full circle. Stevens reaped what he sowed. 

5)  This lost art form, not heard in over fifty years, has come full circle, due to the beautifully crafted arrangements of Elise Bretton. 

6)  Curiously, though, we may now be coming full circle as a growing number of online travel businesses rediscover the power of face-to-face communication.

7)  ... using my native tongue as a sort of third language, too. Coming full circle back to it.

8)  ... roots, who I am, my old friends and family, and coming full circle in my life.

9)  ... narrative and these gave a nice impression of events from the first episode coming full circle to those in this episode.

10)  Paris would be a great way to celebrate the Olympics coming full circle.

11)  ... 80-year-old grandfather to perform it with me. It's funny how life comes full circle.

12)  And so the training comes full circle -- it's now the job of these newly-independent researchers to help train the next ...

13)  Fitzgerald carefully patterns the story so that it comes full circle, and Charlie ends where he began, in the Paris Ritz Bar.

14)  Ultimately she comes full circle and realises the lie is the world she's created with Daniel in her head.

15)  This attempt to boost corporate lending comes full circle -- having been the original inspiration for the Bank of England's funds for lending ...

16)  In college, my makeup attitude came full circle. I started seeing makeup as something fun again, something to play with and ...

17)  It's particularly relevant that I actually came full circle intellectually and, many years later, retracted my condemnation of a drug.

18)  ... WWII and again, when life, as it often does, came full circle and my cousin's husband did his tour of duty a couple of years ago.

19)  I looked at a few options this year and came full circle back to the FL2 and in the end, decided to keep the one I ...

20)  So we came full circle to the first time ever I saw your face.