Here is the title of a (news-)article:

Pixel Buds review: OK Google, go back to the earbud drawing board

Can anybody, please, explain why the is used before earbud drawing board.

Here is how I understand the situation.

In the past, there were several drawing boards where they discussed the design of earbuds, and, what is more important, in the future they can discuss buds' design by a lot of other drawing boards (not necessary the same one that they used to discuss the design first time). So, why does the author of the article want them to discuss the design by that specific drawing board?

I know that I am wrong somewhere, please, correct me.

1 Answer 1


Go back to the drawing board

is a well documented phrase.

"The" does not indicate a specific drawing board, or even an actual drawing board, because the phrase can be a metaphor for starting over.

A similar phrase is

Go back to square one.

  • But what does 'earbud' function in "go back to the earbud drawing board"?
    – dan
    Nov 22, 2017 at 11:46
  • @dan I googled the question title to get the context. Evidently the earbud is a type of earphone, not a type of drawing board. Just as an "earbud drawer" would be a place where earbuds are kept, not a type of drawer ;) Nov 22, 2017 at 11:59

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