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chalk (something) up to

Definition of chalk (something) up to

  1. :  to explain (something) by stating its cause :  to say that (something) was caused by (something) <Chalk it up to bad timing.> <Her early mistakes can be chalked up to inexperience.>



Word by Word Definitions

chalkplay
  1. :  a soft white, gray, or buff limestone composed chiefly of the shells of foraminifers

    :  a prepared form of chalk or a material resembling chalk especially when used (as for writing on blackboards) as a crayon

    :  a mark made with chalk

  1. :  to write or draw with chalk

    :  to rub or mark with chalk

    :  to delineate roughly :  sketch

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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