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[red-pen-suh l] /ˈrɛdˈpɛn səl/
verb (used with object), red-penciled, red-penciling or (especially British) red-pencilled, red-pencilling.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • He tore it up to light his pipe, and, just as he was twisting it, caught sight of a red-pencil mark.

    Rene Mauperin

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

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
British Dictionary definitions for red-pencil


verb -cils, -cilling, -cilled (US) -cils, -ciling, -ciled
(transitive) to revise or correct (a book, manuscript, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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