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Idioms

a vicious circle

This page is about the idiom a vicious circle

Meaning

If you're in a vicious circle you're in a situation in which the solution to one problem becomes the cause of another one, and the solution to that one causes the first problem to occur again.

For example

  • If I quit cigarettes I put on weight, and if I put on weight I get depressed, and if I get depressed I start smoking again. It's a vicious circle.

  • I'm in this vicious circle where the more I work, the more I spend on rewarding myself for all the hard work, so no matter how hard I work, I never save any money.

Quick Quiz

You could be in a vicious circle if the solution to one problem becomes the

a. cause of another one

b. result of another one

c. solution to another one

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Contributor: Matt Errey