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 Back to the Drawing Board family trail runs every day.
The PTI government needs to return to the drawing board and come up with a plan that is fair and equitable, and applies across the board to all citizens.
'We'll go back to the drawing board, train harder, we'll go back to our room and try to see what's lacking and we'll be back stronger and better.'
At The Drawing Board (tdbpetaluma.com), a wholesome brunch might involve a bowl of sauteed Swiss chard with sweet-potato noodles or sourdough pancakes made using starter that's been in the owner's family for 1 00 years.
MARIA Sharapova admits it is "back to the drawing board" after she lost to Serena Williams for the 18th time in a row at the Australian Open.
It's back to the drawing board for Galway while Tipp will be delighted with their victory, but it came with warning signs.
"But as I said, we are going to go back to the drawing board now because there has been a lot of work on Charlie and I think he would have been great for us, but unfortunately, it doesn't look as if it's going to be."
DAVID Price will go back to the drawing board with his mentor Lennox Lewis after suffering another devastating stoppage defeat to Tony Thompson.
IT IS back to the drawing board for connections of Ektihaam after he was well-beaten under champion jockey Paul Hanagan after being badly hampered in a rough race in the the Prix du Jockey Club.
"It's back to the drawing board but I think the more time we spend together, the more tough times we go through together as a team, the more we will grow."
This will enable viewers to see the quality preparation that takes place from inception of the project on the drawing board to the final look.
Promoter Frank Warren will go "back to the drawing board" to plan Amir Khan's route to a world title.
Seymour will help the winner(s) take their concept from the drawing board to NSPME's Web site.
DEFENDER Steven Taylor admitted Newcastle need to "get back to the drawing board" after another collapse against Aston Villa.
Work, which has been on the drawing board for more than a year, could get under way as early as next year.