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copy desk

noun, Journalism.
the desk in a newspaper office at which copy is edited and prepared for printing.
Compare slot1 (def 5).
Origin of copy desk
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Being on the copy desk once in a while was giving him the big head, Chub said.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • Pencilling a few minor corrections, he shot it to the copy desk.

    Whispering Walls Mildred A. Wirt
  • Cochran, the head of the copy desk, was talking—a shriveled little man with a bald face and shoe-button eyes.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Spearing the story she had just written on the copy desk spindle, she followed the reporter to the parking lot.

    The Clock Strikes Thirteen

    Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for copy desk

copy desk

(journalism) a desk where copy is edited
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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