verb (used with object)
- early warning system,
- early wood,
- early, jubal anderson,
- early-type star,
- early-warning system,
- earn one's keep,
- earn one's stripes
Origin of earmark
Examples from the Web for earmark
If those things can be done, I'd happily reward every member of Congress with an earmark of his or her very own.
If earmark reform was something that the public understood well enough to hunger for, John McCain would be our president.
My solicitors have the papers and receipts, so that it is possible to earmark your exact purchases.Hard Pressed|Fred M. White
These minor obligations do not earmark more than an hour in the day.First and Last Things|H. G. Wells
Then follows the non sequitur, which is a Democratic earmark.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Every earmark showed that, from the delicate scent of the paper, to the fine, even handwriting.The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him|Paul Leicester Ford
That sense of humor does not lessen but it lightens the gallantry and chivalry which is the earmark of Westerners.The Native Son|Inez Haynes Irwin
late 15c., from ear (n.1) + mark (n.1). Originally a cut or mark in the ear of sheep and cattle, serving as a sign of ownership (also a punishment of certain criminals); first recorded 1570s in figurative sense "stamp of ownership."
1590s, "to identify by an earmark," from earmark (n.). Meaning "to set aside money for a special purpose" is attested by 1868. Related: Earmarked; earmarking.