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phrasal verb

chalk something up

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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theychalk up
he/she/itchalks up
present participlechalking up
past tensechalked up
past participlechalked up
  1. 1
    to score points, or to achieve success in a game

    In 1989, she chalked up the first of her five successive championships.

    1. a.
      to achieve a particular level or number

      He has already chalked up over 100 hours of solo flying time.

      The stock market fell back after chalking up record gains.

  2. 2
    to consider something as having a particular cause

    Low voter turnout was chalked up to a dull campaign.

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