drawing board(redirected from on the drawing board)
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A large flat board on which paper or canvas can be spread for drawing.
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.
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1. (Furniture) 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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a rectangular board on which paper is placed or mounted for drawing or drafting.Idioms:
on the drawing board, in the planning or design stage.
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