chalk (something) up to


: 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.

Examples of chalk (something) up to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web SpaceX was the worst of the bunch, with a 15% drop, which the researchers chalk up to its uniquely stringent requirement: Five days a week in-person. Jane Thier, Fortune, 16 May 2024 The Legislature this year is already off to a sluggish start to law-making, which — similar to the budget delays — critics chalk up to leaders concentrating power and major decisions in the hands of only a few. Matt Stout,, 30 June 2023 Some of the symptoms of PCOS, like weight gain and acne, align with those that people on TikTok chalk up to a second puberty, Dr. Dweck says. Maggie O'Neill, SELF, 12 Dec. 2022

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“Chalk (something) up to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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