American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The desk in a news office where copy is edited and prepared for typesetting or broadcasting.
- n. The desk at which newspaper copy is edited.
- n. The staff responsible for editing copy.
“In the lingo of newsies, my Times copy desk colleagues inform me, it means “overkill.””
“Like a general inspecting her troops, Tench strode in silence over to the copy desk and picked up the printout of the "flash release" that now sat loaded in all the transmission machines like cartridges in a shotgun.”
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