- to alter, abridge, or cancel with or as with a pencil that has blue lead, as in editing a manuscript.
Origin of blue-pencil
First recorded in 1885–90
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Related Words for blue pencilrestriction, suppression, blackout, invalidate, annul, veto, void, undo, abolish, restrict, quash, offset, negate, abrogate, repeal, rescind, torpedo, annihilate, expunge, exterminate
- deletion, alteration, or censorship of the contents of a book or other work
- (tr) to alter or delete parts of (a book, film, etc), esp to censor
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