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Walk Chalks

An ordeal used on board ship as a test of drunkenness. Two parallel lines being chalked on the deck, the supposed delinquent must walk between them without stepping on either.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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