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.


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

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drawing board

see back to the drawing board.

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Example sentences
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.
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