Definition of Blue-pencil

1. Verb. Cut or eliminate. "They won't blue-pencil the story "; "She edited the juiciest scenes"

Exact synonyms: Delete, Edit
Generic synonyms: Censor
Derivative terms: Deletion, Deletion

Definition of Blue-pencil

1. Verb. To edit, especially to censor, written documents. ¹

2. Verb. (politics slang) To use a line-item veto ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Blue-pencil

blue-eyed Mary
blue-eyed boy
blue-eyed boys
blue-eyed soul
blue-green alga
blue-green algae
blue-green bacteria
blue-green bacterium
blue-headed vireo
blue-light special
blue-pencil (current term)
blue-plate special
blue-plate specials
blue-rinse brigade
blue-sided leaf frog
blue-sided leaf frogs
blue-sky thinking
blue-tongue lizard
blue-tongue lizards
blue-tongued lizard

Literary usage of Blue-pencil

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Confessions of a War Correspondent by William Gunn Shepherd (1917)
"Like sin (which a certain evangelist named after a certain legal holiday declares "you can't beat") the censor's big blue pencil will, in time, ..."

2. A Practical Guide for Authors in Their Relations with Publishers and Printers by William Stone Booth (1907)
"THE BLUE PENCIL WHEN a man has something to say, he will find his chief difficulty to be, not with grammar nor punctuation, but with the tendency to ..."

3. The Province of Burma: A Report Prepared on Behalf of the University of Chicago by Alleyne Ireland (1907)
"After the holding has been completely lined off on the map, the holding- marker should write down in blue pencil, in the centre of the holding, ..."

4. Judge Richard Reid a Biography by Elizabeth Jameson Reid (1886)
"The defendant knew that Judge Bowden sat in the case, and as one Judge had written marginal words in blue pencil, Judge Bowden, the other sitting Judge, ..."

5. Graphic Methods for Presenting Facts by Willard Cope Brinton (1914)
"Red photographs as black, and a zinc plate was obtained which shows the marking such as would be used with a blue pencil when Ben Day work is ordered from ..."

6. The Dial edited by Francis Fisher Browne (1916)
"THE BLUE PENCIL Is a small implement, but its office is not a despicable one. Perhaps it even deserves to ... Our thanks to Miss Brace and her blue pencil! ..."

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