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[bloo-pen-suh l]
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verb (used with object), blue-pen·ciled, blue-pen·cil·ing or (especially British) blue-pen·cilled, blue-pen·cil·ling.
  1. to alter, abridge, or cancel with or as with a pencil that has blue lead, as in editing a manuscript.
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Origin of blue-pencil

First recorded in 1885–90
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Related Words for blue pencil

restriction, suppression, blackout, invalidate, annul, veto, void, undo, abolish, restrict, quash, offset, negate, abrogate, repeal, rescind, torpedo, annihilate, expunge, exterminate

British Dictionary definitions for blue pencil

blue pencil

  1. deletion, alteration, or censorship of the contents of a book or other work
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verb blue-pencil -cils, -cilling or -cilled or US -cils, -ciling or -ciled
  1. (tr) to alter or delete parts of (a book, film, etc), esp to censor
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