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1767, from chalk (n.) + mark (n.). As a verb from 1866.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The exhibition of that chalk-mark and the words "Charge to Ward" were enough.

  • Once, you may remember, we discoursed about a chalk-mark on the door.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • There was his croquet lawn, smooth-shaven, the hoops neatly arranged, the chalk-mark firm and distinct upon the boundary.

    Peter Ruff and the Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • And such was the fear of all men that the chalk-mark was never abused.

  • I'll bet a dime against a chalk-mark that's what Hawley's workin' out!

  • The first time you go forward beyond a certain line one of the sailors will chalk your boot, or draw a chalk-mark around you.

    How to Travel Thomas W. Knox
  • Meanwhile, I have made a chalk-mark about the grounds, and as yet nothing with a bite or sting has passed over it.

  • If she saw a chalk-mark on a door she instantly went and made a like chalk-mark on various doors in the neighbourhood.

    The Dictator Justin McCarthy
  • One of them was a tall man with a lean red face against which his blond mustache lay like a chalk-mark.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • "Better by chalks:" wagers were sometimes determined by he who could reach furthest or highest, and there make a chalk-mark.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth

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