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

  • transitive v. To edit, revise, or correct with or as if with a blue pencil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To edit, especially to censor, written documents.
  • v. To use a line-item veto

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cut or eliminate


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • 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.

    Jack London: On the Writer's Philosophy of Life

  • Hey pepole I would like to fame hello i like be given up about a reveal together with girlish pepole, and touch up blue-pencil compress with them

    Charlie Bewley of 'New Moon' on snowboarding, red contact lenses, and close fan encounters in Italy |

  • I gave this one the full blue-pencil sketch with brush and ink over it.

    Illustration Friday: Confined

  • The editor drew a blue-pencil line through the multiple advice to buy and buy, and initialled the rest of the column for publication.

    The Elvis Latte

  • 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'.

    The Elvis Latte

  • 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.

    Editor: surgeon or butcher?

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • "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.

    Schwarzenegger Delays

  • 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.

    Robert H. 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.

    Richard Wheeler; Gardner Fox


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