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Hallmark moment

A particularly poignant, memorable, or emotionally touching moment or event, i.e., one that would be suitable as a greeting card. A reference to the Hallmark brand of greeting cards. Sometimes used ironically or satirically. With so much of the extended family coming to visit, Grandpa's 80th birthday is turning into quite the Hallmark moment!
See also: hallmark, moment

have all the hallmarks of (someone or something)

To have all the traits that are usually associated with a particular person or thing. Come on, kids, be honest—the house has all the hallmarks of the aftermath of a wild party.
See also: all, hallmark, have, of

have all the ˈhallmarks of somebody/something

have all the characteristics or typical features of somebody/something: The burglary had all the hallmarks of a professional job.
Hallmarks are marks put on gold and silver objects that show the quality of the metal and give information about when and where they were made.
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Each Valentine's Day, Hallmark must compete for media attention with a plethora of other seasonal products.
Hallmark did not have any Valentine's Day news on either cards or gifts in 2004 that could be leveraged with media.
The hockey-related coverage was substantial--close to 50 percent of the coverage focused on these messages--allowing Hallmark to reach the male audience in a major way.
Hallmark top-of-mind awareness hit a new high, reaching 74 percent, up from 69 percent in the same period the year before.
Consumer preference for Hallmark Card Shops gained 4.
The 2008 editions of Hallmark Card Studio enable consumers to benefit from more than 90 years of Hallmark's experience in creating eye-catching and memorable cards.
Consumers can quickly select a professionally designed Hallmark greeting card to print or e-mail, or have fun with the software's suite of personalization features and brand new user interface that makes it easier than ever to produce custom projects.
New to both editions of Hallmark Card Studio is the addition of Spanish language cards and 3D cards and projects, further expanding the software's capabilities.
In addition to creating cards and projects, both editions of Hallmark Card Studio 2008 offer a complete event planner and address book for mailing lists and date notifications to make sure an important event is never forgotten.