back to the drawing board


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drawing board

n.
A large flat board on which paper or canvas can be spread for drawing.
Idioms:
back to the drawing board
Back to the beginning or the planning stage after an approach has proved unsuccessful.
on the drawing board
In the planning stage; under consideration.

back to the drawing board

Said when a project or undertaking has ended in failure and something new must be tried; from the idea of a designer drawing up a plan or diagram of something.
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When the "software patch" didn't dampen the vibrations, they headed back to the drawing board.
Its location will be determined as part of the hospital's master plan, which was twice kicked back to the drawing board by the city's Planning Commission and is due for a City Council hearing in September.
ULSTER Unionist leader David Trimble last night said it is time political parties go back to the drawing board following the failure of republicans to abandon criminality.
Developers have been forced to go back to the drawing board after plans to build flats in a busy seaside town were rejected.
He urged Mr Hague to "go back to the drawing board and no longer just scrabble around in the hope of winning short-term engagements and battles".
It was a heated debate, and without enough support from the City Council, supporters ultimately sent the initiative back to the drawing board for up to a year.
I would urge the Government to go back to the drawing board.
Unsatisfied with the direction the industry had taken, Bare went back to the drawing board.
Realistically, there is a strong possibility we have to go back to the drawing board again,'' Barcelona said.
ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said: "I thought the England and Wales Cricket Board had taken steps in relation to player safety which meant they were on top of this issue, but it's back to the drawing board.
The city went back to the drawing board and redesigned the improvement project, only to have it blocked again by dissatisfied neighbors.
GLENDALE- The city has sent the Armenian Society of Los Angeles back to the drawing board to dramatically alter plans for a new 53,000-square-foot center, which had received the support of city staff.