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blue-pencil

[ bloo-pen-suhl ]
/ 藞blu藞p蓻n s蓹l /
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verb (used with object), blue-pen路ciled, blue-pen路cil路ing or (especially British) blue-pen路cilled, blue-pen路cil路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鈥90
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British Dictionary definitions for blue-pencil

blue pencil

noun
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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