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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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  • Find the centre of the boat at the bow and stern, mark the points and snap a chalk-line between them.

    Boat-Building and Boating Daniel Carter Beard
  • Threatening to disown the minister should he fail to toe your chalk-line!

    Captain Pott's Minister Francis L. Cooper
  • All her life she had walked her chalk-line, and anything outside savoured of the mysterious, and terrible.

    The Butterfly House Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Lancelot ruefully recognised the truth of the chalk-line story.

  • She hain't never said the word, nor she hain't plumb pitched me out, either, but she makes me walk a chalk-line.

    Dixie Hart Will N. Harben
  • To the stiff pole and chalk-line fishermen of confirmed habits I have nothing to say.

  • Or a great statesman, who would toe the chalk-line of your middle-class ten commandments?

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
  • The chalk-line is a chalked cord drawn taut between the two points to be connected.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • There were not even employees to see and blackmail them if they failed to walk the chalk-line.

  • He doesn't want to think everlastingly that he's got to walk a chalk-line or catch a flea in his ear.

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