chalk line

noun Building Trades.
1.
a chalked string for making a straight line on a large surface, as a wall, by holding the string taut against the surface and snapping it to transfer the chalk.
2.
the line so made.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English

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Example sentences
Mark these locations at intervals equal to the length of the chalk line used
  for marking.
They draw a chalk line around their sun dome squares so that they can return to
  the same place later that day.
Old time group photographers used to put a chalk line on the ground.
Layout tools such as soapstone, chalk line, or carpenter's square.
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