back to the drawing board

This page is about the idiom back to the drawing board.

Meaning: You can say "back to the drawing board" when a plan or a design has failed, and you decide to begin all over again.

For example:

  • Their plans to open a hotel in Fiji fell through, so it was back to the drawing board.

  • Our new drug worked on rats, but when it was tried on people it failed, so we had to go back to the drawing board and start again.

Quick Quiz:

We started an online business, but after a while it was back to the drawing board because

a. we couldn't make a profit

b. we made a lot of money

c. we wanted to improve our drawing

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Contributor: Matt Errey