Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHALKING

The work was not fine; we laid it out by chalking around a small plate.

He went on, therefore, chalking out Lovel's literary career for him.

Here and there a man was chalking crosses on his gate or shutters.

They were chalking Vive Napolon upon the pavements and walls.

He was now chalking his cue, and his eyes had an excited glitter.

This checking is secondary to the chalking which takes place.

On the hurricane deck, aft, a sailor was chalking a shuffleboard court.

What do you mean by bullying me about not chalking their door, last night, along with the rest?

They are chalking the bit at the top of the next field, where the copse was grubbed.

Children delight in chalking the blinds of their carriages in various colours and labelling them 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Class.

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).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.