earmark

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Pliers used to make an earmark.

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ear +‎ mark

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  • (file)

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earmark (third-person singular simple present earmarks, present participle earmarking, simple past and past participle earmarked)

  1. (transitive) To mark (as of sheep) by slitting the ear.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To specify or set aside for a particular purpose, to allocate.
    • 2012, Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow, →ISBN, page 74:
      Now that police departments were suddenly flush with cash and military equipment earmarked for the drug war, they needed to make use of their new resources.
    You can donate to the organization as a whole, or you can earmark your contribution for a particular project.

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earmark (plural earmarks)

  1. A mark or deformation of the ear of an animal, intended to indicate ownership.
  2. (US, politics) The designation of specific projects in appropriations of funding for general programs.
  3. A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark.
    • 1860, John Wharton, The Law Lexicon
      Money has no earmark.
    • 1959', Brunettie Burrow, Angels in White
      I saw in my patient one of the most forbidding men I have ever met. He had all the earmarks of a criminal.

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