Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To censor, cut, revise, or correct with or as if with a red pencil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to correct written documents.

Etymologies

red + pencil (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When the previous government proposed cuts to the permanent collection of the British Library — the nearest thing we have to a national memory — it became clear how little this notion had registered with red-pencil types.

    A Debate Over Books and Sequestered Nooks

  • The tiny voice in her head made the necessary red-pencil correction.

    FALSE MERMAID

  • I wouldn't just red-pencil stuff, I'd get a big paintbrush and paint whole chapters red.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • How would the Declaration of Independence, for instance, read if he'd been able to red-pencil it before the Founding Fathers could post it?

    Scott Carter: Phil Cooney's Little Red Pencil

  • Bed of Nails was an improvement over Death's Door, even if I did want to start red-pencil editing the broad strokes of subculture and topic description: in the Slade tradition of stylizing the villain while trying to hide the villain's identity, one of the villains is "the Goth".

    Fri-Sun: ClareFader/shop/jam/party/Nancy Baker/Alex Maness/film

  • He handed a map, with red-pencil and blue-pencil markings, along to von Schlichten.

    Uller Uprising

  • He tore it up to light his pipe, and, just as he was twisting it, caught sight of a red-pencil mark.

    Renée Mauperin

  • "But in every meeting, communication, late-night phone call and red-pencil session we have held in recent days, we have begun with a statement of our goal that our classrooms must remain whole and our educational programs must retain vigor."

    CourierPostOnline.com - News

  • With this, India became the second - after China - country in Asia to red-pencil the Google Book plan.

    Asia Times Online

  • Indian publishers move US court to red-pencil Google Books plan fe Bureau

    The Financial Express

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