This is a bit tricky because checking off and crossing out could mean that I marked those items as finished. What I want to convey is that I changed my mind and decided not to do those items.


My calendar was empty, since I'd already [...] "Going to Hawaii" from it.

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    You "remove" events from a diary don't you? – Marv Mills Jun 22 '15 at 13:49
  • Probably postponed suggests the idea of not having dealt with them yet, but simply moved to a future date. – user66974 Jun 22 '15 at 13:50
  • Not much different, but I cross things off. – Wayfaring Stranger Jun 22 '15 at 14:07
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    I think "cancelling" an event (in my calendar) pretty much covers it. – user11752 Jun 22 '15 at 14:12

To me, check off = mark an item as finished or done

Cross out = remove or cancel the item

I think, in your case, it'd be "cross out".


The word erased conveys the metaphoric meaning:

removed from my schedule.

When someone asks me to schedule a meeting or event, I often say, "I can pencil you in, but we'll need to confirm details before I schedule this." I don't actually use a pencil, but the imagery of using a pencil implies that it will be easy for me to eliminate the entry from my computer if the details don't confirm.

My calendar was empty, since I'd already erased "Going to Hawaii" from it.


You can axe your planned trip to Hawaii, which means to cancel or end suddenly.

For example, if you have too many activities or responsibilities to take care of, some of them, such as your vacation plans, may have to get the axe.

This is an informal metaphor, and not an expression you would use in a professional or formal statement.

You can scrub your plans, which means to cancel or postpone them. Also informal.

Call off means to cancel, and can be used both informally and formally.

In less delicate company, you can say your vacation plans had to be shitcanned for whatever reason. This might convey your great disappointment about the fact. Shitcan can also mean fire from a job. It can be use to mean disposing of something (that was expected to have some value).

  • So, it's common to say, "I axed "Going to London" from my schedule?" (In everyday conversation or literature.) – janoChen Jun 22 '15 at 16:32
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    Yes, you can say that. Or "I axed my trip to London." "I scrubbed my plan to go to London." "My London trip has been called off." Or "With all this work we have, our weekend in London will have to be shitcanned." – Canis Lupus Jun 22 '15 at 16:38
  • Scrubbed suits the bill here as it works for both the event and the plan to attend an event (e.g. "the festival was scrubbed" vs. "I scrubbed my plans to go to the festival"). – Aaron D Jun 23 '15 at 15:48
  • I definitely think that 'axed' would be the correct term, at least in British English. – Charon Jun 28 '15 at 11:03

In our brave new world of electronic devices, the word deleted seems like a good candidate:

My calendar was empty, since I'd already deleted "Going to Hawaii" from it.


Blot out might work, a blot being a stain of ink, so it conveys the image of the writing being blackened over by a cloud of ink, which is more emphatic than the image of it being crossed out.

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