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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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  • 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.
  • Use masking tape or a white chalk line to create a plot on the floor where the panel will be installed.
  • The first course of blocks is aligned along a chalk line struck on the concrete footing.
  • Joints should be installed with a chalk line or straight edge to keep the joints straight.
  • One method is to snap a chalk line along the back of the block at the superelevation slope.
  • However, claimant did not own a chalk line or tear off forks.
  • Point to the chalk line as you summarize what happened.

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