verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to score or earn: They chalked up two runs in the first inning.
- to charge or ascribe to: It was a poor performance, but may be chalked up to lack of practice.
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Origin of chalk
OTHER WORDS FROM chalkchalklike, adjectiveun·chalked, adjective
Words nearby chalk
Example sentences from the Web for chalk
He knows the food he prepares isn't great but chalks it up to a learning experience.Carolyn Hax: How to improve on ‘I cook, you clean’ without stirring the pot|Carolyn Hax|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
Some are clean and bright, others are weighty and round and fruity, while others are chalky and taste like minerals, as though someone melted down the chalk and limestone soils found throughout Champagne and turned them into a sparkling drink.
Populations of resident honkers have become so dense in some areas that they’ve created safety issues for humans and wildlife, from sidewalks chalk full of gander feces to dangerous plane strikes.
My laptop’s keyboard became choked with chalk after months of building grids between attempts at whatever problem I was projecting.
In what is best chalked up to the difference between the brashness of a Philly guy in Auriemma and the Midwesterner inside Lisa Bluder, Clark’s coach, the bragging on behalf of her player has a few more caveats.Women’s Basketball Is Awash With Standout Freshmen|Howard Megdal|January 14, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
The Cadet turned suddenly with a surprised look, opened his hand and said ‘a piece of chalk,’ at the same time displaying it.
Heroin used to come in the same way, either packed in bundles of wax baggies or as chunks resembling sticks of chalk.This Anti-Heroin Drug Is Now King of the Jailhouse Drug Trade|Daniel Genis|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Notes were scrawled on a large white board, and “The Internet Association” was written in chalk on a blackboard.
Many who pay a pretty penny for a trench chalk it up to nostalgia.An Ode to the Trench Coat: The Burberry vs. The Lloyd Dobler|Sara Lieberman|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Submit to his apologia for Murmelstein, or chalk this up to a case of a filmmaker courting controversy?Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’|Jimmy So|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Henry gave his younger sister a gentle pat, as she returned with her workbag and fished for the chalk.The Box-Car Children|Gertrude Chandler Warner
He looked up at Kip, his face chalk white in the uncertain light.
Chalk is a very pure form of carbonate of lime, and where it abounds has been largely employed as an application on the soil.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry|Thomas Anderson
The best tooth-powders are made from cuttle-fish, prepared chalk, and orris-root commingled together in equal quantities.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
He used a machine called a physionotrace which enabled him to make profile drawing in white chalk and in crayon.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey