in a circle

in a circle or in circles  {adv. phr.}
Without any progress; without getting anywhere; uselessly.
The committee debated for two hours, just talking in circles.
If you don't have a clear aim, you can work a long time and still be going in circles.
He seemed to be working hard, but was just running around in circles.
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