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drawing board

a rectangular board on which paper is placed or mounted for drawing or drafting.
back to the drawing board, back to the original or an earlier stage of planning or development:
Our plan didn't work out, so it's back to the drawing board.
on the drawing board, in the planning or design stage:
The shopping center is still on the drawing board.
Origin of drawing board
1715-25 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for drawing board
  • The golf clap wasn't on the drawing board for these shoots.
  • Many of engineering's grandest feats wouldn't have made it off the drawing board but for a crucial permit or decree.
  • All the projects now on the drawing board revolve around pilotless vehicles.
  • Which means it is wa-ay too late in the process to scrap it and go back to the drawing board now.
  • Most of these plans were on the drawing board before the global financial collapse made the situation more dire.
  • He no longer wanted to sit by himself for long stretches, staring at a drawing board, working in complete silence.
  • It's the kind of vision that looks better on a think-tank drawing board than on the ground.
  • His proposal, still on the drawing board, faces numerous technical and political obstacles.
  • As a result, vaccine researchers have mostly gone back to the drawing board of basic research.
  • Railways and roads will be built that might otherwise have stayed on the drawing board for years.
British Dictionary definitions for drawing board

drawing board

a smooth flat rectangular board on which paper, canvas, etc, is placed for making drawings
back to the drawing board, return to an earlier stage in an enterprise because a planned undertaking has failed
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