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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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A few years after the earmark ban took effect, he told the Boston Globe, "What we're seeing is a natural experiment where we say, 'Let's try to run Congress without earmarks for a few years.
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.
Talmadge Heflin, the director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, doesn't think eliminating earmarks will eliminate all the spending.
An earmark may be included in a bill or report language at the
The package, centered on a 2,200-word story, includes content supplied by 25 daily newspapers that have been reporting on the earmarks of their local congressional delegations since April.
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 .
In fiscal year (FY) 2006, R & D earmarks set a new record, climbing to $2.
I was at a meeting on earmark reform a few weeks ago," he said, "and someone asked the question whether there's a constitutional right to earmarks.
It's a problem that I have sought to expose by selecting an "Egregious Earmark of the Week" to ridicule.
It was an omnibus bill, and it was loaded with some 8,000 earmarks, which is perhaps why it passed.