- a chalked string for making a straight line on a large surface, as a wall, by holding the string taut against the surface and snapping it to transfer the chalk.
- the line so made.
Origin of chalk line
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for chalk line
Threatening to disown the minister should he fail to toe your chalk-line!Captain Pott's Minister
Francis L. Cooper
Lancelot ruefully recognised the truth of the chalk-line story.
To the stiff pole and chalk-line fishermen of confirmed habits I have nothing to say.Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast
Harry Thom Payne
There were not even employees to see and blackmail them if they failed to walk the chalk-line.
The chalk-line is a chalked cord drawn taut between the two points to be connected.Woodworking for Beginners
Charles Gardner Wheeler