by a long chalk


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by a long chalk

By a wide margin, as of time, distance, ability, etc. Often used in the negative to indicate not at all or by no means. Primarily heard in UK. He won that match by a long chalk. I'm not done yet, not by a long chalk!
See also: chalk, long

by a long chalk

BRITISH
You can use by a long chalk to make a statement stronger, especially a negative statement or one that contains a superlative. Not all of them are Republicans, not by a long chalk. Where do you think you're going, Kershaw? You haven't finished by a long chalk. In fact this book is by a long chalk the best biography of Sayers so far published. Note: This expression may refer to the practice of making chalk marks on the floor to show the score of a player or team. `A long chalk' would mean `a lot of points' or `a great deal'.
See also: chalk, long