in pencil

idiom

: by using a pencil
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Recent Examples on the Web The grocer and counter clerks would take down orders in pencil on the back of the sacks, grind coffee beans, weigh out sugar and flour, and so on. Faron Levesque, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2024 Getty Images Think fluffy brows, effortlessly tousled hair, and a brownish-pink pout, outlined in pencil a few shades darker than her lipstick. Lauren Murdoch-Smith, Vogue, 19 Feb. 2024 Reporters fresh out of college learned to high-tail it to a fire or shooting; to buttonhole officials before and after public meetings; to take notes in pencil outdoors in winter, because ink congeals in the cold; and to meet deadlines and word limits. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, 14 Oct. 2023 The New Yorker The artist scribbled gags in pencil on her ink-wash cartoons, touching on themes of romance, motherhood, and body image. Cate McQuaid, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2023 And those who do buy a box will find, when their package arrives, another timeless, uncommonly earnest artifact: a handwritten thank-you note, in pencil or pen. Danny Freedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 June 2023 The show does contain a few paintings, but its primary focus is on O’Keeffe’s watercolors, her pastels, and her drawings in pencil and charcoal. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 11 May 2023 Many parents record the history of their children’s growth on a wall or door frame, etching the lines in pencil or marker with dates alongside them. Ellen Rosen, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2023 An endpaper ripped out of one of the old books was on the table, someone having scribbled in pencil, Stay off. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021

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“In pencil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20pencil. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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