chalk up

chalked up; chalking up; chalks up

Definition of chalk up

transitive verb

1 : ascribe, credit chalked up his failures to inexperience
2 : attain, achieve chalk up another victory

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Examples of chalk up in a Sentence

let's chalk up her weird behavior to simple nervousness chalked up a record in singles tennis that is likely to stand for a long time

First Known Use of chalk up

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of chalk up was in 1826

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“Chalk up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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