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blue-pencil Syllabification: blue-pen·cil
Pronunciation: /ˌblo͞oˈpensəl/

Definition of blue-pencil in English:


[with object]
Edit or make cuts in (a manuscript, movie, or other work).
Example sentences
  • I've been blue-pencilled by madmen, seriously deranged obsessives and fiends in human shape before now.
  • Also, true excellence in writing will be quickly blue-penciled into oblivion.
  • Before the web, when writing that became publicly available had first to pass under the watchful eye of a sub-editor, such formations would have been blue-pencilled into conventional forms.
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