go back to the drawing board

go back to the drawing board

Fig. to return to the planning stage, so that a failed project can be planned again. These plans have to go back to the drawing board. I thought these problems went back to the drawing board once already.
See also: back, board, drawing

go back to the drawing board

to start something again because the previous attempt failed Researchers went back to the drawing board to find where they went wrong.
Usage notes: sometimes used without go: When we thought we were finished, he sent us back to the drawing board and asked us to completely redo it.
Related vocabulary: back to square one
See also: back, board, drawing
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The agency needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a formula to rein in these costs.
Sounds like we need to go back to the drawing board.
The FA says all the money raisef is ploughed back into grassroots football, but Caborn says the governing body should protect the name of the FA Cup and go back to the drawing board.
He said: "If we want to be contenders to win the European title, we will have to go back to the drawing board.
Education bosses need to go back to the drawing board and think again about how we deal with pupils who can't behave.
I think the best way to move forward is to take these sites off the table and go back to the drawing board.
The Commission hasn't withdrawn its proposal but they certainly need to go back to the drawing board.
I and many others are pleased that it has been rejected and that the developers were told to go back to the drawing board with better proposals taking on board what the local people really want.
HULL boss Steve Bruce admits he will have to go back to the drawing board after seeing his move for Burnley striker Charlie Austin fall through.
DAVID PRICE will go back to the drawing board with his mentor Lennox Lewis after suffering another devastating stoppage defeat to Tony Thompson.
The ISBA (which represents British advertisers) said health food campaigners needed to go back to the drawing board when it comes to tackling the root causes of obesity in the UK.
As a result, the council are having to go back to the drawing board to draft a new LDP which will guide planning policy until 2028.
Now I just have to go back to the drawing board and work on a few things.
London, Apr 24( ANI ): McLaren ace driver Lewis Hamilton has demanded an investigation following the blunders during the Bahrain Grand Prix, and believes his team has to go back to the drawing board to re-ignite their championship credentials this season.
Wrexham council may have to go back to the drawing board over its Local Development Plan if it can't find the evidence to back it up.