Definition of drawing board in English:

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drawing board


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.



back to the drawing board

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

(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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