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chalk line

noun, Building Trades.
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.
the line so made.
Origin of chalk line
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Passengers not allowed forward of that mark," said a sailor, pointing to a chalk line drawn across the deck.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • "Now, see that you walk a chalk line," the burglar said, fiercely.

  • He stayed there somehow or other while Comus made eight accurate and agonisingly effective shots at the chalk line.

  • No chalk line was necessary, as the shingles were laid by the sheathing.

    Economy of the Round Dairy Barn Wilber John Fraser
  • Imagine my chagrin when one of them said: 'You see the colour of that chalk line?

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • The men toed a chalk line on the grass, and jumped from it successively.

    True and Other Stories George Parsons Lathrop
  • If a disk stops on a chalk line, it does not count anything.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • They have to stay b-back of the chalk line and b-break in from there.

    Sandy Alice Hegan Rice
  • He used to say, 'Boys, if you get drunk with me it is your own look out, and if you don't walk the chalk line that's my look out.

    Old Ebenezer Opie Read
  • What folly to be hankering after our neighbor's chalk line and gimlet!

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage

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