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drawing board

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Definition of drawing board in English:

noun

A large flat board on which paper may be spread for artists or designers to work on.
Example sentences
  • Since most of modern wars are fought less on the field and more on the drawing boards with paper and pencils, a lot of papers have been flying around.
  • With the rain keeping away for the day, the children, armed with drawing boards, paint, brushes and palettes, waited patiently for the 2002 edition of the competition to commence.
  • My designs have never got past the drawing board.

Phrases

back to the drawing board

1
Used to indicate that an idea, scheme, or proposal has been unsuccessful and that a new one must be devised: the government must go back to the drawing board and review the whole issue of youth training
More example sentences
  • The developers must now go back to the drawing board in relation to this second phase of their project.
  • The regulations must be sent back to the drawing board and revised to conform to the real world.
  • York Council expects to send developers back to the drawing board over their proposals for the city's Barbican Centre.

on the drawing board

2
(Of an idea, scheme, or proposal) under consideration and not yet ready to put into practice: there are plans to enlarge the runway, but at present all this remains on the drawing board
More example sentences
  • According to Pat there are a number of schemes on the drawing board which will commence construction immediately after Christmas.
  • The people of Bingley have every right to be alarmed at the proposals on the drawing board for the redevelopment of this historic community.
  • But prices have risen since the scheme first went on the drawing board.

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