EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHALK UP

Presently some wags began to chalk up 'Fotheringay for ever!'

For dishonourable conduct the committee can also chalk up a member's name.

Presently some wags began to chalk up "Fotheringay forever!"

At the seaside bathing pavilions they have a blackboard whereon they chalk up "70" or "72" or whatever they think folks will like.

When this administration wants to chalk up a desirable name for early promotion, the Hosannah would like a chance to sudgest.

The Giants did a little better in the first inning, though not well enough to chalk up a run.

They'll take our line, an' we're to chalk up the position an' the course to New York.

I can chalk up a score with more rapidity than any man in England,' was his melancholy jest.

WORD ORIGIN

1570s, "to mix with chalk;" 1590s as "to mark with chalk," from chalk (n.). Related: Chalked; chalking. Old English had cealcian "to whiten." Certain chalk marks on shipped objects meant "admitted" or "shipped free," hence some figurative senses. Chalk boards also were commonly used in keeping credit, score, etc., hence figurative use of chalk it up (1903).

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