chalk up


verb (tr, adverb) informal

to score or register (something)we chalked up 100 in the game
to credit (money) to an account etc (esp in the phrase chalk it up)

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Idioms and Phrases with chalk up

chalk up

1

Score or earn, as in She chalked up enough points to be seeded first in the tournament. This term alludes to recording accounts (and later, scores) in chalk on a slate. [c. 1700]

2

Credit or ascribe, as They chalked their success up to experience. [First half of 1900s]

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