off the drawing board

Definition of off the drawing board

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

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

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

drawingplay
  1. :  an act or instance of drawing

    :  the process of deciding something by drawing lots

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

boardplay
  1. :  border, edge

    :  the side of a ship

    :  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

    :  accost, address

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


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