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copy desk

noun, Journalism.
the desk in a newspaper office at which copy is edited and prepared for printing.
Compare slot1 (def 5).
Origin of copy desk
1925-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Cochran, the head of the copy desk, was talking—a shriveled little man with a bald face and shoe-button eyes.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Being on the copy desk once in a while was giving him the big head, Chub said.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • Pencilling a few minor corrections, he shot it to the copy desk.

    Whispering Walls Mildred A. Wirt
  • Spearing the story she had just written on the copy desk spindle, she followed the reporter to the parking lot.

    The Clock Strikes Thirteen Mildred A. Wirt
  • Whitey, though, didn't even have to consult the copy desk or the clippin' bureau.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for copy desk

copy desk

(journalism) a desk where copy is edited
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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