off the drawing board

Definition of off the drawing board

:beyond the planning stage
  • The project will never get off the drawing board.

Word by Word Definitions

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

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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