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back to the drawing board
English
Alternative forms
back to the old drawing board
Etymology
Coined as “Well, back to the old drawing board.” as the caption of a Peter Arno cartoon of The New Yorker of March 1, 1941, depicting an engineer walking away from a crashed plane.
Pronunciation
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Adverb
back to the drawing board
(idiomatic) Back to the beginning following an unsuccessful attempt.
Well, that didn't work at all, so it's back to the drawing board, I guess.
Translations
back to the beginning
See also
square one
Last edited on 14 October 2019, at 12:23
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