walk the chalk v.
to walk along a chalked line in order to prove one’s sobriety.
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 189: ‘To walk the chalk’ ― a military manœuvre to discover which is drunkest.|
|John Bull in America 118: I had qualified myself by being able to walk a crack after swallowing half a gallon of whiskey.|
|City Looking Glass V ii: I don’t stagger, and I can walk the crack with any man, only I’m giddy, – that’s all.|
|Exeter & Plymouth Gaz. 19 Aug. 6/1: What my short epitaph would be, (if I should walk my official chalk) — ‘Too little work and too much talk’.|
|Edinburgh Eve. News 1 Dec. 4/4: Now, chalk a mark along the floor. If I’m drunk I can’t walk it.|
|N. Wales Chron. 26 July 4/6: The landlord of a hotel in the streets ona Suynday not able to ‘walk a chalk’ is certainly a deplorable novelty.|
|Portsmouth Eve. News 27 Sept. 4/1: I’ve learned it doesn’t do to talk [...] / An’ so I simply walk the chalk.|
|Lichfield Mercury 5 Sept. 3/4: The police [...] turned a deaf ear to his request [...] to be allowed to write his name, or walk a chalk line, as evidence of his sobriety.|
|‘Gooseberry Wine’ in Negro Folk Rhymes 41: Don’t never tu’n yo’ back, Suh, / On day good ole gooseberry wine! / Oh walk chalk, Ginger Blue! Git over double trouble.|
|True Drunkard’s Delight 225: He [...] cannot spot a right line, can’t walk a chalk.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 728: He says he’s never seen a man yet, crazy or not, that he couldnt make walk the chalkline if they give him a free hand.|