- to delete, censor, correct, or abridge (written material) with or as if with a pencil having a red lead: His book was heavily red-penciled before it got clearance.
Origin of red-pencil
First recorded in 1955–60
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- (tr) to revise or correct (a book, manuscript, etc)
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