chalk up

verb

chalked up; chalking up; chalks up

transitive verb

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Coach Orlando Watkins didn’t chalk up the sloppy performance against a sub-.500 team to an emotional letdown following such a big victory. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2024 Many have chalked up Prime’s ads rollout to corporate greed. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2024 Virgin Galactic's winged rocketplane carried a two-man crew and four passengers to the edge of space and back Friday, chalking up the company's 11th sub-orbital spaceflight and its sixth commercial mission. William Harwood, CBS News, 26 Jan. 2024 Before the carrier’s 2022 shakedown cruise—where the vessel only managed to chalk up a 24-day stretch of uninterrupted steaming—the ship had only been underway for more than thirty days once, in late 2020. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 But when Raddatz pressed him again, Burgum chalked up the attacks to more routine sharp exchanges in a campaign, pointing to how President Joe Biden has gone after Trump. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 21 Jan. 2024 The governor chalked up the difference to the Department of Finance anticipating greater revenues than the Legislative Analyst’s Office, among other accounting discrepancies. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024 Olivia Wilde — who spent a long summer as her teenage houseguest — chalks up her career to Laurie. A.l. Bardach, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2023 Veloz chalks up Mary's foggy memory to trauma and a lifelong battle with alcohol. Maureen Maher, CBS News, 23 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of chalk up was in 1877

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“Chalk up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalk%20up. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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