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the wheel has turned (or come) full circle

Definition of the wheel has turned or come full circle in English:

The situation has returned to what it was in the past, as if completing a cycle.
[With reference to Shakespeare's King Lear, by association with the wheel fabled to be turned by Fortune and representing mutability]
Example sentences
  • Now the wheel has turned full circle and films set in Scotland are more likely to embrace urban realism.
  • Forty years ago it all seemed most unlikely, but today the wheel has turned full circle.
  • But, as happens so often in history, the wheel has turned full circle.
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