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Marble-related Sayings From Non-marble Settings


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All the marbles: winner takes everything!

Money, marbles or chalk: I believe this referred to the terms a person might offer for a wager. I think the chalk referred to a gambler's marker. A boxer who would fight for money, marbles or chalk would be willing to take on all comers, no matter what they offered.

Money, marbles and chalk: A variation of the preceding, which seems to have a meaning more along the lines of "all the marbles".

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