chalk line

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chalk line a chalked string used in the building trades to make a straight line on a vertical surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chalk line a cord rubbed with chalk, used for making straight lines on boards or other material, as a guide in cutting or in arranging work.
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Usage

In literature:

The chalk line has been wiped away to-day, but the confining ring is still there.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
After removing the nails turn the skin on its back and draw a line from neck to tail with pencil or chalk.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
They'll take our line, an' we're to chalk up the position an' the course to New York.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
The lithographer now has before him the ten stones, each stamped with the identical network of lines in red chalk representing his key.
"The Building of a Book" by Various
So he walked over as if he had been following some imaginary chalk line.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Draw two parallel lines on the floor with chalk to represent the banks of the brook.
"Games and Play for School Morale" by Various
The white chalk of the base lines seemed to spin out beneath Gallup's feet like a thread as he literally flew over the ground.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
They'll lay down a chalk line, and they'll stop outside on't.
"Joyce Morrell's Harvest" by Emily Sarah Holt
The Chalk, etc., once spread across the country, as shown in the dotted lines.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
A hen's head was held down upon a stone flag, and a chalk line was drawn before her; she did not move.
"Practical Education, Volume II" by Maria Edgeworth
Mr. Rowlands finished a line, made a full stop with a sharp rap of his chalk, and then turned round sniffing.
"Soldiers of the Queen" by Harold Avery
Lay skin on lining and mark its edge with tailor's chalk.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
I've been tryin' to walk a chalk line ever since the angel arrove among us.
"A Waif of the Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Threatening to disown the minister should he fail to toe your chalk-line!
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
He had no union card, but, in laying shingles along a blue chalk line, few were as expert.
"The Boy Scout and Other Stories for Boys" by Richard Harding Davis
In the middle of the rope a handkerchief is tied, and three chalk lines a yard apart are made on the floor.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Below the mediaeval graves Saxon stone coffins and Saxon tombs, lined with slabs of chalk.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
And I don't see her doing every mortal thing she wants, while others have to walk a chalked line through life.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
The chalk is shovelled up and the walls are kept straight without line or plummet.
"Cottage Building in Cob, Pisé, Chalk and Clay" by Clough Williams-Ellis
The distance was accordingly measured, and a chalk line drawn upon the deck.
"Long Live the King" by Guy Boothby
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In news:

Rodriguez/special to Scripps newspapers Windthorst coach Scott Kennedy helps convert the Trojans' 11-man field to six-man dimensions as he lays down a new chalk line at halftime.
The first few times, I chalked it up to an honest mistake or long lines behind me or the distraction of a crying child.
A replay showed Beltran hit the white chalk on the third base line.
The Editor's Desk: Drawing a line on chalk.
Generally when you're starting a tile job you want to find the centerpoint of your room by snapping chalk lines at the centerpoint of each wall.
The Editor's Desk: Drawing a line on chalk .
The Editor's Desk : Drawing a line on chalk.
Gaze out onto the diamond and you see four bases, green grass and crisp chalk lines that mark fair or foul territory, however, there is something different with this particular field.
The ball bounced into the outfield, stopping just short of the chalk arc that marked the home-run line.
A year ago in Peoria, Ariz. Mike Pagliarulo and a few senior citizens obtained permission from their homeowners' association to add chalk lines and portable nets to a full-sized basketball court to make three pickleball courts.
Chalk it up to Jenna Lyons' secret powers, sequined shorts, or the fact that you can never have too much chambray, but J.Crew is one of those brands that somehow manages to hopscotch the line between trendy and classic.
Unearthed Paints offers a line of eco-friendly paints crafted with minimally processed natural ingredients, such as chalk, clay, Italian marble and lime.
To hold premarked tapes, chalk lines and string lines.
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