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chalk it up

To link something that has happened to a particular reason or circumstance. Don't get too down on yourselves after this loss, boys. Let's just chalk it up to inexperience and move on. Sure, getting a B in Algebra is disappointing, but I'm just going to chalk it up to the fact that I'm usually terrible at math!
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chalk up

1. Literally, to write something in chalk, as on a chalkboard. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chalk" and "up." Once I finish chalking up tonight's homework assignment, we can discuss last night's reading.
2. To earn something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chalk" and "up." After you chalk up enough frequent flier miles, you will be able to get plane tickets for free.
3. To add something to a tally. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chalk" and "up." Hank just scored a basket, so chalk one up for him. Chalk up a few more states for the incumbent.
4. To attribute something to something else (which is stated after "to"). A noun or pronoun can be used between "chalk" and "up." They're a very young team, so we'll chalk this loss up to inexperience and nerves.
5. To blame one for something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chalk" and "up." I had nothing to do with the prank, but I'm sure they'll chalk it up against me anyway.
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chalk something up (to something)

Fig. to recognize something as the cause of something else. We chalked her bad behavior up to her recent illness. I had to chalk up the loss to inexperience.
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chalk something up

 
1. Lit. to write something on a chalkboard. Let me chalk this formula up so you all can see it. I'll chalk up the formula.
2. Fig. to add a mark or point to one's score. See also chalk something up (against someone).) Chalk another goal for Sarah. Chalk up another basket for the other side.
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chalk something up

(against someone) Fig. to blame someone for something; to register something against someone. I will have to chalk another fault up against Fred. She chalked up a mark against Dave.
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chalk up

1. Score or earn, as in She chalked up enough points to be seeded first in the tournament. This term alludes to recording accounts (and later, scores) in chalk on a slate. [c. 1700]
2. Credit or ascribe, as They chalked their success up to experience. [First half of 1900s]
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chalk up

v.
1. To earn or score something: The baseball team chalked up four runs in the last inning.
2. To credit or ascribe something: Let's just chalk the mistakes up to experience and try to do better on the next project.
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The 34-year-old, who also chalked up his 392nd Premiership appearance against the Londoners, says it was an important victory, with United having dropped points against Wolves and Liverpool in their previous two games.
Baltimore will entertain Houston on Sunday after the Texans beat the Bengals 31-10 and the Ravens, who won the AFC North with a 12-4 record, have been chalked up as seven-and-a-half-point favourites.
The Cowboys have won five of their last seven, while the Tigers enter the game on the back of a shock defeat to Parramatta, so it is a surprise to see the home side chalked up as 11-10 underdogs.
ENGLAND opener Alastair Cook faces another test of his mettle this morning and Sporting Index chalked up his second-innings runs at 36-41, writes James Milton.
Conclusion Having already chalked up an official rating of 78 - achieved over inadequate trips - it is probably right to expect him to improve on that upped to 1m for this and he only needs to run his race to win.
It's no surprise, then, that prior to last night's qualifying session bookmakers had chalked up Chevvy driver Dale Earnhardt as favourite at a track where high speed drafting skills are all important as Earnhardt jr has regularly demonstrated that he has inherited his father's talent for slipstreaming.
Hills, in their opening show for the Category One event, chalked up 13-8 about Sam Poots's Sussex Cup winner, a quote that seemed fair but far from outrageously generous.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan played each other twice in the tournament and chalked up one win each.