- To red-pencil is to delete or edit something as if you had a red editing pencil.
An example of red-pencil is to cut a project that your company has worked on but not yet completed.
This paper is getting a bit of red-pencil.
red-pencil definition by Webster's New World
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red-pencil definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb red-pen·ciled also red-pen·cilled, red-pen·cil·ing also red-pen·cil·ling, red-pen·cils also red-pen·cils
To censor, cut, revise, or correct with or as if with a red pencil.