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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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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