to the drawing board
back to the drawing board
used to indicate that an idea or scheme has been unsuccessful and a new one must be devised
An architectural or engineering project is at its earliest phase when it exists only as a plan on a drawing board.
1991 - Discover - Even as Humphries fine-tunes his system, however, he realizes that NASA could send him back to the drawing board.
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the collection of linen, clothes and household items assembled by a woman in preparation for her marriage.
The bottom drawer was the traditional place for storing for such articles. The US equivalent is hope chest.
on the drawing board
(of an idea, scheme or proposal) under consideration
not yet put into practice
To get something off the drawing board is to put something into action or to realize the first stages of a project.
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