American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To edit, revise, or correct with or as if with a blue pencil.
- v. To edit, especially to censor, written documents.
- v. politics, slang To use a line-item veto
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. to change, delete, or abridge (a portion of a text) with a blue pencil (or as if with a blue pencil), as in the editing process; -- of books, etc.
- v. cut or eliminate
“It contains no hints as to the disposing of manuscript, the vagaries of the blue-pencil, the filing of material, nor the innate perversity of adjectives and adverbs.”
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“I gave this one the full blue-pencil sketch with brush and ink over it.”
“The editor drew a blue-pencil line through the multiple advice to buy and buy, and initialled the rest of the column for publication.”
“He would have described Kinser as an envy-driven bumptious self-important snake-oil salesman had he not been sure the little blue-pencil devil would let him get away only with 'ambitious'.”
“She doesn't blue-pencil; she just points out perceived deficiencies in the text and then asks me to find ways to sort them out.”
“I invite PT's many blue-pencil readers to sharpen their pencils -- and wits -- and have a go at the grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. of the flyer and to submit a critique.”
“The wise thing for him to do now is sign the budget, but blue-pencil the [accelerated] taxes," said Mike Villines, Republican minority leader in the Assembly.”
“Perhaps the most obscure blue-pencil wielding titan who guided the careers of talented writers while greatly influencing the reading taste of young readers was Bob Davis.”
“I just read two University of New Mexico short story anthologies that would have profited greatly if the editor had imposed some serious blue-pencil discipline on the meandering and sometimes confusing stories.”
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