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blue pencilnoun [S]

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If a ​person goes over a ​piece of writing with a ​bluepencil, they ​remove or ​change some of the words to ​improve it or make it ​acceptable.
(Definition of blue pencil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “blue pencil”
in Chinese (Simplified) 修改或删除, 编辑…
in Chinese (Traditional) 修改或刪除, 編輯…
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