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earmark for (someone or something)

To designate something for a particular person, place, or use. A noun or pronoun can be used between "earmark" and "for." We need to earmark the firmest bed for grandma because of her back issues. These boxes are earmarked for storage so don't open them!
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earmark something for someone or something

Fig. to reserve something for someone or something. Tom earmarked the best of the steaks for his special guests. I have earmarked this chair for the family room.
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60) The earmark process, which serves discrete interests and is dominated by long-serving appropriators and specialized staffs, is a perfect target for the distrust they describe.
Two telling examples of small earmarks that brought funds directly to populations that needed them most--populations that lack "connections" or "clout," but are deeply deserving of support--were announced in July 2010, shortly before the informal moratorium on earmarks took hold.
Members of the congressional appropriations committees have an advantage over their colleagues in their access to earmarks.
Now we find out Kirkpatrick accepted campaign donations from lobbyists on the very same day she requested earmarks for their pet projects.
said the earmark process occasionally lets a "good project" through.
Waiters noted that in education, earmarks often go to large public universities and private colleges with their own cadre of lobbyists.
The department stated it could not verify the conclusion that most earmarks fit its mission, saying "the diversity of the earmark projects .
Although some R & D agencies, notably the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, have stayed free of earmarks, other agencies are finding that they are becoming exceedingly prevalent.
That new level includes using earmarks to "convince" members to change their votes on key measures and to dole out favors to lobbyists in a way that is virtually untraceable.
The average earmark amount for law enforcement agencies is between $300,000 and $750,000.
At one time, most earmarks set aside funds for buildings.
Trick: Congress's ongoing earmark "moratorium" proved less effective than was hoped.
John Cornyn in calling for a ban on all Congressional earmark spending.
Removing the power to earmark funds from Congress would push all decisions about spending money into the deepest, darkest recesses of the bureaucracy and into the hands of bureaucrats who cannot be held accountable through democratic means.