from scratch

from scratch

Meaning: to start at the very beginning or to have to go back to the first step in doing something

Example One: "We made the cookies from scratch."
Example Two: "When the model airplane crumbled to pieces, we had to read the directions again and start from scratch."

Example Two: "When the model airplane crumbled to pieces, we had to read the directions again and start from scratch."

I think there you can also use 'be back to square'

When the model airplane crumbled to pieces and we were back to square'

Вс, 2004-08-01 21:31 — Samantha

Yes! It is actually 'be back to square one' though.

Пт, 2004-08-20 08:19 — Viv

back to the drawing board - to have to start again on a project or activity (начинать все сначала)