chalk (something) up to

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

  3. : a mark made with chalk

  1. : to write or draw with chalk

  2. : to rub or mark with chalk

  3. : to delineate roughly : sketch

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

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

  2. : up into or in the

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

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. 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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