- a rectangular board on which paper is placed or mounted for drawing or drafting.
- back to the drawing board, back to the original or an earlier stage of planning or development: Our plan didn't work out, so it's back to the drawing board.
- on the drawing board, in the planning or design stage: The shopping center is still on the drawing board.
Origin of drawing board
First recorded in 1715–25
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Examples from the Web for drawing board
She disappeared, and in a short time returned with her drawing-board.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
Kittrell could not speak, and he turned the drawing-board to the wall.Americans All
The grasshopper was pinned to my drawing-board, and against a piece of newspaper.Eye Spy
William Hamilton Gibson
The drawing-board is set so that the draughtsman's chair has the window on its left hand.Heartbreak House
George Bernard Shaw
He shifted the drawing-board Rod had fixed up for him an inch or two.Ralestone Luck
- a smooth flat rectangular board on which paper, canvas, etc, is placed for making drawings
- back to the drawing board return to an earlier stage in an enterprise because a planned undertaking has failed
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Idioms and Phrases with drawing board
see back to the drawing board.
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