the drawing board

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.
See also: board, drawing
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The drawing board is where the wise guys in a PR agency, such as the shop I used to run, regroup to think up fresh ideas to substitute for a "brilliant" concept that bombs.
It's back to the drawing board for Galway while Tipp will be delighted with their victory, but it came with warning signs.
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.
But that's gone out of the window and we're back to the drawing board.
Seymour will help the winner(s) take their concept from the drawing board to NSPME's Web site.
Taylor said: "We've got a 15-day break and I think we've got to get back to the drawing board.
We had to keep going back to the drawing board to make the scissors more flexible,'' says Bourne.
Their deliberations led to the AJ information library, in which latest building-technology was distilled and presented in partworks for use next to the drawing board.
LICHFIELD councillors have been forced back to the drawing board over an ambitious multi-million pound bid to restore the city's historic parks.
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.
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.
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.
The registered traveler initiative has been on the drawing board for two years.