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the drawing board

The initial process of planning or composing something. An actual drawing board is a large board on which one can spread paper and draw. We need to go back to the drawing board on this project. I think it had some fundamental flaws from the start.
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Integration of the TEAM System on the drawing board could save energy costs down the road, and possibly even tax breaks on the installation of energy saving products.
With the David Evans-trained filly Scarlet Rocks, already three times a runner-up, setting sail for home from a long way out, newcomer Drawing Board stayed on strongly to reel in the leader in the final strides of the 5f contest.
"But that's gone out of the window and we're back to the drawing board."
Taylor said: "We've got a 15-day break and I think we've got to get back to the drawing board. We've got enough time to get things sorted."
The TSA has sent two anti-terrorism identification programs back to the drawing board and a third is being farmed out to private companies.
Along with other micromachines making their way from the drawing board to the real world, such devices may someday prove useful in disease research or industry.
Whatever it is and wherever it comes from, it isn't inspiration until it triggers some kind of response and forces you to the drawing board.
Rather than going to the drawing board to come up with a solution to a problem, the Rapid Equipping Force jump-starts the process by evaluating what's already available commercially or in the production pipeline, Tubbs said.
If they fail, and many will, they will go back to the drawing board and develop organically over time--but not that long a time.
The list is long, and it is hard to think of many of Tuttle's contemporaries, Hesse excepted, bringing quite these same deep-seated formal considerations--let alone so many of them--to the drawing board. (For some, the drawing board itself is a dinosaur.) But now play the same list back against the sorts of material the artist has chosen for the task: paint, watercolor, wire, paper, rope, plywood, pencil, masking tape, twigs, Styrofoam, waferboard, starch paste, dyed canvas, metal pipe, a Pepsi can.
In November, 2004, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, in reference to assisted suicide, stated, "It is time to go back to the drawing board in light of high-profile assisted suicides in Quebec and British Columbia."
The 3-D Drawing Board from Hearlihy is made of lightweight, yet rugged medium density fiberboard with precision-machined slots and a smooth, scratch-resistant, stainproof melamine surface.
A $170 million computer overhaul intended to give Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and analysts an instantaneous, paperless way to exchange information about criminal cases and terrorism threats is going back to the drawing board and may cost U.S.
So, the city and the company went back to the drawing board to look for another building.
His favorite cafeteria treatment is still on the drawing board: a K-12 building that offers one large service area feeding into three separate cards, each with its own name, separate roofline and potted shrubbery growing in between as the boundaries.