transitive verb Date: 1888 to edit especially by shortening or deletionblue penciller noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • blue-pencil — [blo͞o′pen′səl] vt. blue penciled or blue pencilled, blue penciling or blue pencilling to edit, cross out, or correct with or as with a blue pencil …   English World dictionary

  • blue-pencil — blue′ pen′cil v. t. ciled, cil•ing (esp. brit.) cilled, cil•ling. to alter, delete, or edit with or as if with a blue pencil • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • blue-pencil — index expurgate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • blue pencil — noun : any instrument (as a blue pencil) with which an editor makes deletions; also : the act or an instance of deleting the book is a good one; vigorous use of a blue pencil would have made it better Keith Hutchison * * * blue pencil noun A… …   Useful english dictionary

  • blue-pencil — Bluenoser Blue nos er); a Nova Scotian potato, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] blue pencil lue pencil v. t. to change, delete, or abridge (a portion of a text) with a blue pencil (or as if with a blue pencil), as in the editing process; of books, etc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blue pencil —  1. Pencil used to censor a piece of writing.  2. blue pencil v. Censor …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • blue pencil — v. abridge, edit by deletion or marking in order to shorten a written document; alter or correct a written document as with a blue pencil …   English contemporary dictionary

  • blue pencil — noun a blue pencil as traditionally used to censor a text …   English new terms dictionary

  • blue-pencil — verb cut or eliminate she edited the juiciest scenes • Syn: ↑edit, ↑delete • Derivationally related forms: ↑deletion (for: ↑delete) • Hypernyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • blue-pencil — /blooh pen seuhl/, v.t., blue penciled, blue penciling or (esp. Brit.) blue pencilled, blue pencilling. to alter, abridge, or cancel with or as with a pencil that has blue lead, as in editing a manuscript. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • blue-pencil — /blu ˈpɛnsəl/ (say blooh pensuhl) verb (t) (blue pencilled or, US, blue penciled, blue pencilling or, US, blue penciling) to alter, abridge, or cancel with or as with a pencil that makes a blue mark, as in editing manuscript, or in censoring …   Australian English dictionary

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