drawing board

noun

Definition of drawing board 

1 : a board used as a base for drafting on paper

2 : a planning stage a project still on the drawing board

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Embraer brings engineering talent that Boeing could tap for the new midrange jet on its drawing board, dubbed the 797 by analysts. Fabiola Moura, latimes.com, "Boeing takes control of Embraer's commercial jet business in $4.75-billion deal," 5 July 2018 Embraer brings engineering talent that Boeing could tap for the new midrange jet on its drawing board, dubbed the 797 by analysts. Fortune, "Boeing and Embraer Are Forming a $4.75 Billion Commercial Jet Venture," 5 July 2018 The redesign of the U.S. 190 intersections has been on the DOTD drawing board for several years. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "11 'super streets' to be built on North Shore's traffic-choked U.S. 190," 3 May 2018 Its population of 264,000 has increased over 6 percent since 2010, according to census data, with thousands of new apartments either under construction or on drawing boards. John Surico, New York Times, "In Jersey City, Working to Stem the Rise in Traffic Deaths," 9 Apr. 2018 Take a little time off, get back to drawing board and make another run at it next year. Maureen Mullen, USA TODAY, "Promising season ends with bitter taste for Boston Red Sox," 9 Oct. 2017 Surrounded by papers, drawing boards and PowerPoints, the group strategized ways to reverse a trend 15 years in the making: the decline of their own banking sector. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "As Black-Owned Banks Struggle, Community Sounds Alarm," 6 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of drawing board

1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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drawing board

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drawing board

: a large flat board that is used for holding paper for drawing

: the time during which something is being planned : the planning stage of something

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