That includes Palin's crosshairs map, which Mitchell says he "didn't think much about," chalking it up to "politics."
Cynics have long derided the supposed lottery curse as a fraud, chalking it up to inflated media coverage of such deaths.
On Friday night Mr. Driscoll talked defence against shifts, first chalking his diagram on the black surface beside him.
The work was not fine; we laid it out by chalking around a small plate.
It is the custom of the Germans to spare certain houses in every village by chalking up some laudatory notice.
They were chalking Vive Napolon upon the pavements and walls.
It was on this line that the phrase “chalking his hat”—or the free pass system—originated.
This checking is secondary to the chalking which takes place.
From the old practice of chalking ones score for drink behind the bar-doors of public-houses.
On the hurricane deck, aft, a sailor was chalking a shuffleboard court.
Old English cealc "chalk, lime, plaster; pebble," a West Germanic borrowing from Latin calx (2) "limestone, lime (crushed limestone), small stone," from Greek khalix "small pebble," which many trace to a PIE root for "split, break up." In most Germanic languages still with the "limestone" sense, but in English transferred to the opaque, white, soft limestone found abundantly in the south of the island. Modern spelling is from early 14c. The Latin word for "chalk" was creta, which also is of unknown origin.
1570s, "to mix with chalk;" 1590s as "to mark with chalk," from chalk (n.). Related: Chalked; chalking. Old English had cealcian "to whiten." Certain chalk marks on shipped objects meant "admitted" or "shipped free," hence some figurative senses. Chalk boards also were commonly used in keeping credit, score, etc., hence figurative use of chalk it up (1903).
A soft, white, gray, or yellow limestone consisting mainly of calcium carbonate and formed primarily from the accumulation of fossil microorganisms such as foraminifera and calcareous algae. Chalk is used in making lime, cement, and fertilizers, and as a whitening pigment in ceramics, paints, and cosmetics. The chalk used in classrooms is usually artificial.
A horse favored to win
[1950s+ Horse racing; References to winning by a long chalk, an allusion to scoring points by a chalk mark, date from the 1830s]