[ bloo-pen-suhl ]
/ ˈbluˈpɛn səl /
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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.
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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How to use blue-pencil in a sentence
Then my secretary types up my material, prints it out, and then I revise using a 0.7 mm blue pencil.How I Write: Jared Diamond|Noah Charney|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The prince took up the pamphlet which he had been busy underlining with red and blue pencil.Black Diamonds|Mr Jkai
Sunday newspaper specials came home with "return" written in blue pencil across the neatly typed page.The White Shield|Myrtle Reed
He selected the eggs with great care, marking some very choice ones with a blue pencil.Toots and his Friends|Kate Tannatt Woods
You have not written a single letter since you came here—only a post-card, and that you wrote with a blue pencil.Creditors; Pariah|August Strindberg
"Dig up some sand, pard, and fling it into the cinder-sifter while I write out the caution in blue pencil," said Stanley.
British Dictionary definitions for blue-pencil
deletion, alteration, or censorship of the contents of a book or other work
verb blue-pencil -cils, -cilling or -cilled or US -cils, -ciling or -ciled
(tr) to alter or delete parts of (a book, film, etc), esp to censor
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