Meaning of “blue pencil” in the English Dictionary

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blue pencilnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌbluː ˈpen.səl/ us /ˌbluː ˈpen.səl/

Examples from literature

  • Be thankful for a merciless City Editor and his blue pencil. 
  • His blue pencil is often busy adding phrasing marks. 
  • If it weren't for him I would give you the proofs to blue pencil as much as you liked. 
  • It came marked with blue pencil together with a note. 
  • Now, taking up a blue pencil, he crossed off the number five. 
  • She found him sitting in his room working, applying a stout blue pencil authoritatively to bundles of filmy paper. 

(Definition of “blue pencil” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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