legal pad


Definition of legal pad

: a writing tablet of ruled yellow paper that is usually 8.5 by 14 inches (about 22 by 36 centimeters)

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Afterward, Eaton dismissed the charges, citing government misconduct over the camera zooming in on Kenimond’s legal pad. Mike Carter, The Seattle Times, "Sheriff’s use of courtroom camera to view juror’s notebook, lawyer’s notes sparks dismissal of criminal case," 4 Feb. 2019 The yellow legal pad color on the Notes app is one example. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How to Take Better Phone Photos," 25 Sep. 2018 There was nothing to distract me from the blankness of my striped yellow legal pads. Fernanda Eberstadt, Vogue, "Wild, Free, and Utterly Lost—Writer Fernanda Eberstadt on the Panic and Pitfalls of Post-Collegiate Life," 30 July 2018 Zephyr Teachout, a Democrat running for state attorney general, sat in the courtroom and scribbled notes on a small legal pad. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "‘Buffalo Billion’ Trial Begins Over Bid-Rigging Accusations," 18 June 2018 Bryant barely slept in Honolulu, filling five of his legal pads with ruminations about Granity, a dreamscape reminiscent of Disneyland and galaxies far, far away. Lee Jenkins,, "Fantastic Voyage: Kobe Bryant Is Now an Entertainment Mogul with a Friendlier Mission," 12 July 2018 Just over a week later, North Korea’s No. 2 official, Kim Yong Chol, walked into the Oval Office and personally presented Trump with a letter the size of a legal pad. Brian Bennett, Time, "This Is What Trump’s Impulsive Diplomacy Looks Like," 14 June 2018 The two reconnected in 1968, when Mr. Duncan photographed Nixon — alone, before a pile of legal pads — crafting his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "David Douglas Duncan, ‘photo nomad’ who captured war and Picasso, dies at 102," 7 June 2018 Some clacked away on the keyboards of their laptops, other scribbled notes on legal pads as many of the world’s top basketball prospects ran up and down the court in front of them. Malika Andrews,, "NBA teams value draft combine interactions even though some top players are no-shows," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of legal pad

1882, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of legal pad

: a pad of yellow paper with lines on it for writing

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