Hi everybody, I’m Fred the online English teacher.
Here are two idioms and one phrasal verb to talk about beginning something again, starting something again. It started already but then you have to stop what you’re doing and go back and begin everything again.
It could be for you, personally, or a business, or any situation like this where something that has been going on has to stop and then go back to the beginning and start again.
The first idiom is “back to the drawing board”.
“Oh no! We have to go back to the drawing board. We’ve been doing this, we’ve been working on this project for a long time- many weeks of work- but now we find out: oh no, we have to start again. We have to go back to the drawing board.”
This idiom, the drawing board is a board, like a desk. And so the person who is drawing, they draw on the desk or on the board.
So you can imagine a desk for drawing and it has a piece of paper and the piece of paper is completely blank. So you’re going to begin drawing the picture from the beginning, from a blank piece of paper. You have to go back to the drawing board and begin drawing again, is the idiom.
The meaning is for any situation; you have to start again. You have to give up all the work that you’ve done so far and go back to the beginning and start all over again.
Okay? Back to the drawing board. Now we have to go back to the drawing board and begin again.
The second idiom is “back to square one”.
For this idiom you can imagine a game, like a board game. When you play a game on a board like checkers or chess or something like that, there is a board and the pieces move on the board. And so they begin at square one, right? At the first square. And then the second square, third square, and on.
So “back to square one” means you’re going back to the beginning, back to that first square and start all over again.
So those are the two idioms about beginning something from the beginning again: back to the drawing board, back to square one.
And the phrasal verb is to “start over”.
“We have to start over! We have to go all the way back to the beginning and begin again, start over.”
“Start over” is a phrasal verb. “Back to the drawing board” is an idiom and “back to square one” is an idiom.
These are two idioms and a phrasal verb, all talking about when you have to begin again. Something has started, you have to stop what you did, throw out all of that work and go all the way back to the beginning and do it all again.
These are often used in business English, there’s this kind of situation. A business was working on this and then something happened, we had to find out that we had to begin again. We had to go back to the drawing board. We had to go back to square one and start over.
Okay? I hope that’s helpful for you! Have a great day, bye bye.