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chalk line

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noun Building Trades.
  1. a chalked string for making a straight line on a large surface, as a wall, by holding the string taut against the surface and snapping it to transfer the chalk.
  2. the line so made.
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Origin of chalk line

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for chalk line

Historical Examples

  • Threatening to disown the minister should he fail to toe your chalk-line!

    Captain Pott's Minister

    Francis L. Cooper

  • Lancelot ruefully recognised the truth of the chalk-line story.

  • To the stiff pole and chalk-line fishermen of confirmed habits I have nothing to say.

  • There were not even employees to see and blackmail them if they failed to walk the chalk-line.

  • The chalk-line is a chalked cord drawn taut between the two points to be connected.

    Woodworking for Beginners

    Charles Gardner Wheeler