earmark for

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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But if there is a earmark for the homeless and needy then the abuses can be tolerated, not overlooked or ignored.
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The Vitter earmark for the LFF first came to light as the result of a report by New Orleans Times-Picayune writer Bill Walsh.
Another earmark for a Ketchikan bridge also raised more than a few eyebrows.
Since Savage dates academic earmarking back to 1977, when Tufts University sought and received the first earmark for research, we should be able to tell whether earmarks gave the recipients traction in competing for federal research funds.
A competent congressional staff will check on whether or not a manufacturer made a contribution last year, and that will typically affect the enthusiasm with which the office seeks an earmark for the following year,'' Wheeler said.
Thus, Cornell University, noted for its decision to refuse a $5-million earmark for a super-computer, accepts earmarked appropriations for agriculture research projects.