back to the drawing board

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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. (cartoon)


back to the drawing board

  1. (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.


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