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    Default square the circle (proofreading)

    I was wondering if "square the circle" fixes the context and if it is used in AmE.

    1. Most people thought Johnson was not going to win the election but he squared the circle.

    2. To make the president step down seems a circle to square.

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    Default Re: square the circle (proofreading)

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    I was wondering if "square the circle" fixes the context and if it is used in AmE.

    1. Most people thought Johnson was not going to win the election but he squared the circle.

    2. To make the president step down seems a circle to square.
    "square the circle" fixes the context ??? I don't know what you mean by this.

    "To square a circle" is a rather obscure idiom meaning "to do the impossible"

    So, in sentence #1, it means that Johnson did the impossible and won the election against all odds.

    The sentence #2 is awkward but I imagine it means that it is impossible to make the president resign.

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    Default Re: square the circle (proofreading)

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    "square the circle" fixes the context ??? I don't know what you mean by this.
    I meant if "square the circle" was used correctly.


    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    The sentence #2 is awkward but I imagine it means that it is impossible to make the president resign.

    Yes, that's what I'm trying to say.
    Shouldn't the idiom be used here at all?

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