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

Examples of drawing board in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, Hot Wheels designers went back to the drawing board and completely redesigned the model. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "This might be the most valuable Hot Wheels car in the world," 24 Dec. 2020 So, Portland went back to the drawing board to fix several issues. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets: Preseason game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 18 Dec. 2020 But Auburn will have to find answers sooners rather than later, as the team goes back to the drawing board Sunday with Texas A&M and Mississippi State still looming on the schedule. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Peculiar season means Auburn can’t dwell on gutting Iron Bowl loss," 29 Nov. 2020 Here are some Twin Cities projects that never made it off the drawing board (thank goodness!) or became the initial steps to significantly better outcomes. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "8 urban design disasters the Twin Cities has avoided," 23 Oct. 2020 But, under a reform plan passed in 2018, the Ohio Supreme Court can force lawmakers to go back to the drawing board to comply with certain criteria laid out in the reform plan. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, "A letter from Karl Rove. Mailers from Planned Parenthood. Why Ohio's Supreme Court race is so heated this year," 22 Oct. 2020 And the council had to go back to the drawing board after its initial shortlist, which included a rare turtle species, was criticized by the population. Sandrine Rastello, Bloomberg.com, "Goodbye, Asbestos: Quebec Town Picks Another Name to Help Economy," 20 Oct. 2020 Unless California tears up the curriculum and goes back to the drawing board, the course would indoctrinate and divide. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Hope for California’s Schools," 1 Oct. 2020 In the age of COVID-19, no idea is too far outside the box for the drawing board. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "COVID-19 has forced the Big 12 to expand its thinking — and it could lead to at least one significant change next season," 21 June 2020

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First Known Use of drawing board

1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jan 2021

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“Drawing board.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawing%20board. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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