Meaning of “blue pencil” in the English Dictionary

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"blue pencil" in British English

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blue pencilnoun [ S ]

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

If a person goes over a piece of writing with a blue pencil, 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)

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