go back to the drawing board

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of go back to the drawing board

: to start over
  • The company went back to the drawing board to make a better product.

Word by Word Definitions

go play
  1. : to move on a course : proceed — compare stop

  2. : to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave, depart

  3. : to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. : the act or manner of going

  2. : the height of fashion : rage

  3. : an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence

  1. : functioning properly : being in good and ready condition

  1. : a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

back play
  1. : the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

  2. : the body considered as the wearer of clothes

  3. : capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. : to, toward, or at the rear

  2. : in or into the past : backward in time

  3. : to or at an angle off the vertical

  1. : being at or in the back

  2. : distant from a central or main area

  3. : articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth

  1. : to support by material or moral assistance

  2. : substantiate

  3. : to assume financial responsibility for

drawing play
  1. : an act or instance of drawing

  2. : the art or technique of representing an object or outlining a figure, plan, or sketch by means of lines

  3. : something drawn or subject to drawing: such as

board play
  1. : border, edge

  2. : the side of a ship

  3. : a piece of sawed lumber of little thickness and a length greatly exceeding its width

  1. : to come up against or alongside (a ship) usually to attack

  2. : accost, address

  3. : to go aboard (such as a ship, train, airplane, or bus)


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