Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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  • verb to correct written documents.

Etymologies

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red + pencil

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

  • 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.

    Bloat

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

    Ullr Uprising

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

    Uller Uprising

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