What does the slang term chalk it up mean?

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.

Where does the phrase chalk it up to come from?

Chalk up is an idiom which means to give credit to something or to attain something. It comes from the literal act in the 16th century of writing a debt that was owed to a store in chalk. Usually it is found in the phrase chalk it up to. A chock is a wooden block used beneath wheels to prevent movement.

Is it chalking up or chocking it up?

Today it means to give credit in a more general sense, as in the expression “chalk it up to experience” (credit it to experience, add it to your account of experiences).” A successful team may chalk up another win. You chock a vehicle parked on a slope by slipping a wedge called a “chock” behind its wheels.

What does the phrase chalk it down mean?

Means ‘to make a record of something‘ or ‘to have completed something noteworthy’. Usually shortened to ‘chalk it’.

What’s another way to say chalk it up?

In this page you can discover 11 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for chalk-up, like: credit, record, run up, ascribe to, charge, earn, achieve, register, tally, score and attribute.

What is on chalk?

The purest varieties contain up to 99 percent calcium carbonate in the form of the mineral calcite. The sponge spicules, diatom and radiolarian tests (shells), detrital grains of quartz, and chert nodules (flint) found in chalk contribute small amounts of silica to its composition.