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Idiom – Back to the drawing board Idiom – Back to the drawing board
Idiom – Back to the drawing board

Idiom – Back to the drawing board

Back to the drawing board – Idiom of the day

Meaning:

to start over

History:

American artist named Peter Arno, had his cartoons published in the New Yorker. In one of the comic strips, he drew a man in a suit, carrying a bunch of rolled up papers and walking away from a crashed plane. These papers are assumed to be mechanical drawings of an aircraft and there is a bubble above the man’s head that read, ‘Well, back to the drawing board’

Example:

  1. I was told that my project was a failure, so I went back to the drawing board.
  2. If this doesn’t work, despite all our trials, we’ve got to go back to the drawing board.
  3. There are a lot of issues, let’s go back to the drawing board.
  4. If we want to identify the mistake, we’ve got to go back to the drawing board.

Scenario 1:

Zane: What do you think went wrong? I didn’t expect this result.

Das: Neither did I. Shall we go back to the drawing board?

Scenario 2:

Lavender: I think this is useless.

Brian: No, I think I identify the problem. We don’t have to go back to the drawing board.

Scenario 3:

Grey: Are the rumors true?

Herald: What are the rumors? I’ve heard a lot this morning.

Grey: That you’re fired?

Herald: Not at all. The boss rejected my proposal. That’s all.

Grey: Ah, so it must be back to the drawing board for you then!

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Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through ieltsmaterial.com. With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.

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