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rough draft


the first version of a piece of writing


The teacher requested rough drafts of the essay from the students.

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  • In justice to the author, it should be stated that the last of these three poems is, as here presented, merely a rough draft.

    Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • He had the correct figures and he wanted a rough draft to show 'em.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Fouquet pressed Aramis's hand; but, instead of the deed which Vanel handed to him, he took the rough draft of it.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Don't you remember, you couldn't find the rough draft you made while we were waiting?

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • It bears internal evidence of being the rough draft, while the other represents a later stage of the poem.

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