- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM chalkchalk·like, adjectiveun·chalked, adjective
How to use chalk in a sentence
At first, some employees chalked up the challenges to the pandemic.Will This Virtual Outdoor Gear Trade Show Ever Happen?|Amelia Arvesen|October 14, 2020|Outside Online
You can chalk that up to whatever theory you wish, but with the race narrowing in late October, there was no reason for a politically motivated investigation not to be used for political purposes.
The two companies chalk up the job cuts as a necessary cost of their larger 2050 net zero ambitions, but investors aren’t fully buying this line of reasoning as they layoffs come amid a deeply punishing year for the oil and gas industry.Shell announces big layoffs as the price of its net-zero restructuring plan becomes clearer|kdunn6|September 30, 2020|Fortune
These include drawing a line of chalk beyond the door to a home to encourage families to stay home, an idea borrowed from the Hindu Lakshmana Rekha myth.Econ 3.0? What economists can contribute to (and learn from) the pandemic|Claire Beatty|September 28, 2020|MIT Technology Review
IBEW Local 569 also chalked it up as a huge win, issuing a statement that thanked the mayor, Gómez and other Council members.Barrios Worked With Laborers as a Council Staffer Before Taking a Job There|Andrew Keatts and Jesse Marx|September 24, 2020|Voice of San Diego
That includes Palin's crosshairs map, which Mitchell says he "didn't think much about," chalking it up to "politics."Palin's Other Arizona 'Targets'|Shushannah Walshe|January 10, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Cynics have long derided the supposed lottery curse as a fraud, chalking it up to inflated media coverage of such deaths.Lotto Death Curse|Anneli Rufus|February 19, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Dunn was there, with several others, measuring out distances and chalking lanes.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
Meanwhile—or later, between church and luncheon—Waltheof, in the billiard-room, was chalking a cue.The Tigress|Anne Warner
I will not go back to revive a name wiped out; it is at least more entertaining to stay here and try chalking out a new one.
A little, wiry fellow, with cheerful Cockney speech, he stood chalking his cue at a window.Dragon's blood|Henry Milner Rideout
It is the custom of the Germans to spare certain houses in every village by chalking up some laudatory notice.Adventures of a Despatch Rider|W. H. L. Watson