To pencil in

To pencil in expression

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Another expression that might be classified as ‘office speak’, but still might come in handy: to pencil in, meaning ‘to provisionally arrange something, knowing that you might need to change it later’.

Some examples:

– Shall we pencil in the meeting for 2.00 pm on Thursday?

– Euro-zone ministers wanted more details of proposed spending cuts as well as written assurances that Greek politicians won’t renege on the deal once a general election, pencilled in for April 8th, is over (The Economist).

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