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drawing board

noun
     
Related topics: Design
drawing board [countable]
1

(go) back to the drawing board

if you go back to the drawing board, you start again with a completely new plan or idea, after the one you tried before has failed:
The current system just isn't working - we need to go back to the drawing board and start afresh.
2

on the drawing board

if a plan or product is on the drawing board, it is in the process of being planned or prepared:
Other car manufacturers have similar projects on the drawing board.
3AVD a large flat board that artists and designers work on

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