not by a long chalk

not by a long shot/chalk/way/informal phrase
used for saying that something is not true at all

They’ve achieved a lot, but they haven’t finished yet – not by a long way.

Thesaurus: ways of emphasizing that something is not true or likelysynonym
Main entry: long

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not by a long chalk
Brit : not at all

Our work isn't done yet, not by a long chalk. [=(US) not by a long shot; we still have a lot more work to do]

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Main Entry:chalk
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not by a long chalk — see chalk, 1
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Main Entry:long

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not by a ˈlong chalk idiom
(BrE) (also not by a ˈlong shot NAmE, BrE) not nearly; not at all

It's not over yet— not by a long chalk.

Main entry:longidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • not by a long chalk — Brit. not at all. [with ref. to the chalk used for marking up scores in competitive games.] → chalk …   English new terms dictionary

  • not by a long shot — BY NO (MANNER OF) MEANS, not at all, in no way, certainly not, absolutely not, definitely not; Brit. not by a long chalk. → shot * * * not by a long shot Not by any means • • • Main Entry: ↑long * * * not by a long shot/chalk/way/ …   Useful english dictionary

  • not by a long shot — informal, old fashioned something that you say when you think something is not at all true. Do you think it s as good as her last movie? No, not by a long shot. It s not over yet, not by a long chalk, we still have a very good chance of winning …   New idioms dictionary

  • not by a long way — not by a long shot/chalk/way/informal phrase used for saying that something is not true at all They’ve achieved a lot, but they haven’t finished yet – not by a long way. Thesaurus: ways of emphasizing that something is not true or likely …   Useful english dictionary

  • chalk — [chôk] n. [ME < OE cealc < L calx, lime, limestone: see CALCIUM] 1. a white, gray, or yellowish limestone that is soft, porous, and easily pulverized, composed almost entirely of calcite from minute sea shells 2. any substance like chalk in …   English World dictionary

  • long — long1 W1S1 [lɔŋ US lo:ŋ] adj comparative longer superlative longest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(great length)¦ 2¦(great distance)¦ 3¦(large amount of time)¦ 4¦(particular length/distance/time)¦ 5¦(writing)¦ 6¦(clothing)¦ 7¦(tiring/boring)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • long — 1 adjective 1 OBJECT/LINE measuring a great length or a greater length than usual from one end to the other: Cher used to have really long hair. | The line to get into the movie was so long we gave up. | The Aleutian Islands form the longest… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • chalk — noun a white soft earthy limestone (calcium carbonate) formed from the skeletal remains of sea creatures. ↘a similar substance (calcium sulphate), made into sticks and used for drawing or writing. verb 1》 draw or write with chalk.     ↘rub the… …   English new terms dictionary

  • chalk — [[t]tʃɔ͟ːk[/t]] chalks, chalking, chalked 1) N UNCOUNT: oft N n Chalk is a type of soft white rock. You can use small pieces of it for writing or drawing with. ...the highest chalk cliffs in Britain... Her skin was chalk white and dry looking. 2) …   English dictionary

  • chalk — 1 noun (U) 1 soft white or grey rock formed a long time ago from the shells of small sea animals; limestone: chalk hills 2 also chalks (plural) small sticks of this substance, white or coloured, used for writing or drawing: a box of coloured… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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