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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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British Dictionary definitions for on the 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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