earmark (earmarks, present participle earmarking; 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.
    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.
    • Money is said to have no earmark.
    • A set of intellectual ideas […] have earmarks upon them, no tokens of a particular proprietor.
  • Russian: клеймо́ на ухе

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