pencil in

pencil in
ˌpencil ˈin [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they pencil in he/she/it pencils in present participle pencilling in past tense pencilled in past participle pencilled in] phrasal verb
to arrange for something to happen or for someone to do something, knowing that it may have to be changed later

Pencil me in for lunch on Friday.

Thesaurus: to make plans or arrangementssynonym
Main entry: pencil

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pencil in [phrasal verb]
pencil (someone or something) in or pencil in (someone or something) : to put (someone or something that may be changed later) on a schedule, list, etc.

Would you like me to pencil you in [=to schedule you] for Thursday morning at 11?

— sometimes used figuratively

He was penciled in as the director's replacement.

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Main Entry:pencil

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  • Pencil — Pen cil, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Penciled}or {Pencilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Penciling} or {Pencilling}.] To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw. Cowper. [1913 Webster] Where nature pencils butterflies on flowers. Harte. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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