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galley proof

noun, Printing.
a proof, originally one set from type in a galley, taken before the material has been made up into pages and usually printed as a single column of type with wide margins for marking corrections.
Origin of galley proof
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At the nearer one sat a dyspeptic man of middle age waving a heavy pencil above a galley proof.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • A proof taken of the whole galley at once is called a galley proof.

  • Good-night, my dear; I shall be at work on my galley proof till daylight.

  • I'll do the lino and the case warrk mysel' and pull a galley proof for ye too.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • Your galley proof is brought down to you by a giant in shirt sleeves whom you look at with a shadowy feeling of remembrance.

    Windfalls (AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
  • Jeff was white as the galley proof that lay before him with the unprinted side up.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • Presently Jeff pushed the galley proof to one side and looked at his friend.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • The reason for this extreme carefulness is that it costs much less to make changes in the galley proof than in the "page proof."

    Makers of Many Things Eva March Tappan
  • The floor was littered with paper and proofs; on the desk a slip of galley proof lay.

    The Weight of the Crown Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for galley proof

galley proof

a printer's proof, esp one taken on a long strip of paper from type in a galley, used to make corrections before the matter has been split into pages Often shortened to galley
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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