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drawing board

noun
1.
a rectangular board on which paper is placed or mounted for drawing or drafting.
Idioms
2.
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.
3.
on the drawing board, in the planning or design stage:
The shopping center is still on the drawing board.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25
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  • 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

noun
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

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