To chalk out

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To chalk out to sketch with, or as with, chalk; to outline; to indicate; to plan.
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Usage

In literature:

The chalk walls barred out the seasons, and the fir-trees did not seem to feel their passage.
"The Longest Journey" by E. M. Forster
He won first shot, ran out, took my half-dollar, and all I got was the opportunity to chalk my cue.
"Mark Twain's Speeches" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I haven't chalked out a plan yet, but I am convinced that it is to be done.
"Colonel Thorndyke's Secret" by G. A. Henty
His next move is to mark out elaborate angles with the assistance of chalk marks on the cushions.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, July 25, 1917" by Various
Even when they went to Samoa they laid out a campaign room with maps chalked on the floor.
"The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson for Boys and Girls" by Jacqueline M. Overton
And again it sank to the level of the line of breakers, and wiped them out of the picture as though they were a line of chalk.
"The Exiles and Other Stories" by Richard Harding Davis
The debates in a society like the present will generally be found to revolve in the orbit thus chalked out.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
The buttresses of chalk shut out the town if you go to them, and rest near the large pebbles heaped at the foot.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
They had "chalked out a route," and acted as if they had sworn a solemn oath to follow it.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
A piece of wet chalk left out on a frosty night often crumbles to pieces.
"Lessons on Soil" by E. J. Russell
She had not made a sound, but she was the color of chalk, and her heart seemed to be trying to jump out of her mouth.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
To remain in his lodgings and at his club was not in accord with that better path in life which he had chalked out for himself.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
They want not pleasures to be chalked out for them.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
The train was whirling along between deep chalk cuttings, and at a furious pace; to leap out was certain death.
"A Day's Ride A Life's Romance" by Charles James Lever
Then mark with chalk the amount to be let out and proceed as explained and finish.
"The Copeland Method" by Vanness Copeland
A line was chalked out on the map; it was the part to be sacrificed.
"Six Women and the Invasion" by Gabrielle Yerta
At the foot clear springs break out from the chalk, which are also utilised to supply the town.
"Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely" by Edward Conybeare
Who had chalked out his career and never doubted that he had the strength to follow it.
"Chippinge Borough" by Stanley J. Weyman
From the very first night that his eyes fell on Sophie Chalk, his heart went out to her.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
He chalked her out zackly, semmen to me.
"The Wizard of West Penwith" by William Bentinck Forfar
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In poetry:

It was the night of the alligator:
snouts moving out of the slime,
in original darkness, the pullulations,
a clatter of armour, opaque
in the sleep of the bog,
turning back to the chalk of the sources.
"Some Beasts" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

Eric Lacy A 4.2-mile hopscotch course laid out over the weekend in chalk is believed to be a world record.
They're inviting artists, community leaders, kids, families and businesses to come out and chalk up 22,720 feet worth of Detroit's sidewalks.
Chalk Outline' is the first single from the album "Transit of Venus", which is slated to come out on October 2nd.
Armed with a handy Correction Kit – including an array of Sharpies, chalk, and the "elixir of correction" (Wite-Out) – they spotted 437 typos and were able to fix 236 of them.
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