go back to the drawing board

go back to the drawing board

To revise or begin planning something from the beginning, typically after it or a similar thing has failed. We need to go back to the drawing board on this project. I think it had some fundamental flaws from the start. Their latest product was a financial disaster, so they had to go back to the drawing board and come up with a fresh, new idea.
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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
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I was able to go back to the drawing board and work on the basics of my bowling and realise what made me good.
It wasn't the way I wanted to start, so I'm trying to get the film and I got to go back to the drawing board,' said Johnson at Ynares Sports Center here in Antipolo.
She makes you go back to the drawing board, not just for me, but for many other players.
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The Commission hasn't withdrawn its proposal but they certainly need to go back to the drawing board.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.
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.