By a long chalk

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • By a long chalk by a long way; by many degrees.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • By a long chalk by a considerable distance, referring to the habit of scoring with chalk
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Idioms

By a long chalk - (UK) If you beat somebody by a long chalk, you win easily and comfortably.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cealc, like Fr. chaux, is from L. calx, limestone.

Usage

In literature:

He wasn't a coward by a long chalk, but he was a bully, and had never been struck in his life.
"Greenmantle" by John Buchan
By A Long Chalk, out of The Common's good enough for most people.
"The Brother of Daphne" by Dornford Yates
But it was no use; I had got out of the style; my writing was too literary by a long chalk.
"New Grub Street" by George Gissing
But the first Morris danced on English soil was not, by a long chalk, the first Morris.
"Yet Again" by Max Beerbohm
I know Mr Malone; and he ain't you, not by a long chalk.
"Man And Superman" by George Bernard Shaw
Best paper by long chalks for a small ad.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
He's a rare one is Master Jack, and by a long chalk the pluckiest soul, boy or man, I've ever come across.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
But we're not up to that Trinity yet, lassie, by a long chalk.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
O, no; I know'd better than all that, by a long chalk.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
He aren't the first by a long chalk, and he won't be the last by a many.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
The trick isn't done yet, by a long chalk.
"VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea" by David Christie Murray
They were a nicer, bolder-looking lot of men than those in the town by a very long chalk.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
You've got more sense than I have, by a long chalk!
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
The pigs are certainly the best I ever saw by a long chalk.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
Bytown hasn't seen its best days yet, by a long chalk, I guess.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
I never let on, but Mis' Ash's cookin' 's the best by a long chalk.
"Strangers and Wayfarers" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Not by a long chalk.
"Masterman and Son" by W. J. Dawson
Gad, sir, yellow fever is no joke, and you took it worse than me by a long chalk.
"Faithful Margaret" by Annie Ashmore
But it isn't like that by a long chalk.
"The Beautiful White Devil" by Guy Boothby
But I ain't dead by a long chalk.
"The Everlasting Arms" by Joseph Hocking
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