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    What is the origin and precise meaning of "chalk it up to"?


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    Re: Chalk

    chalk (something) up to (something)
    - to recognize something as the cause of something else
    We were able to chalk our success up to our new boat.
    chalk up (something)- to record something
    The stock prices of the company chalked up a big increase last week.


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    Re: Chalk

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    What is the origin and precise meaning of "chalk it up to"?

    As to the origin, in public houses and small shops, a person's order would be written in chalk on a slate - thus it was "chalked up".

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