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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At T either a scale can be placed or a drawing-board, on which a pen at T marks the displacement.

  • She disappeared, and in a short time returned with her drawing-board.

  • And there on his drawing-board was an unfinished cartoon, a drawing of the strong face of John Clayton.

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  • The drawing-board is set so that the draughtsman's chair has the window on its left hand.

    Heartbreak House George Bernard Shaw
  • The grasshopper was pinned to my drawing-board, and against a piece of newspaper.

    Eye Spy William Hamilton Gibson
  • He shifted the drawing-board Rod had fixed up for him an inch or two.

    Ralestone Luck Andre Norton
  • Near the window stood a drawing-table, on which were sheets of drawing-board, and glasses containing pulverized colors.

    The Nameless Castle Maurus Jkai
  • Beside her, on the ground, lie a little tin colour-box and water-bottle and a drawing-board.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • At O is a needle-point which is driven into the drawing-board, and at T is the tracer.

  • When she had taken off her hat and laid it upon his drawing-board, he held her against him and caressed her hair.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
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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Idioms and Phrases with drawing-board

drawing board

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