1. think or argue about something without making progress
end up going round in circles
When you 'go round in circles,' you expend energy and devote time to something, but achieve little, if anything at all. It is most commonly used in relation to failing to reach a resolution or agreement in a discussion or argument, especially if you find yourself dealing repeatedly with the same issue and failing to get past it. It is used frequently in both a social and professional context, and is similar to the phrase 'go nowhere fast.'