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.
Origin of chalk
Related formschalk·like, adjectiveun·chalked, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for chalk up (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb) informal
British Dictionary definitions for chalk up (2 of 2)
Derived Formschalklike, adjectivechalky, adjectivechalkiness, noun
Word Origin for chalk
Science definitions for chalk up
Idioms and Phrases with chalk up
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]
Credit or ascribe, as They chalked their success up to experience. [First half of 1900s]