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Difference between Go round in circles and Go round the houses

go round in circles —(also: run around in circles) work busily at a task without making any progress:

  • We’ll never reach an agreement: we’re just going round in circles.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase go full circle—(of a situation) return to what it was before (also: come full circle):

  • Now we have gone full circle. Critics groan: “Bring back incompetent punk-rock bands, and away with these boring old practicing musicians!”

go round the housesdo smth. in an inefficient way when there is a quicker, more convenient way:

  • My method goes round the houses a bit, but it works. I’d love to hear from anyone who has an easier one.