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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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The earmarking situation, instead, involves other dynamics.
As demands increased, some House subcommittee chairs held out, much to the frustration of their Senate counterparts; and earmarking was limited to a small subset of accounts.
Some concerns about earmarking have involved perceptions of
More generally, Savage's figures show that academic earmarking is simply not big enough in the larger scheme of federal research funding to make the difference that he seeks to find at the level of states or regions.
Now that institutional conditions of split control have reemerged, will earmarking return with a vengeance?
Savage notes that the firm of Schlossberg and Cassidy "perfected the art of academic earmarking, as they located the money for earmarking in the remotest and most obscure accounts in the federal budget.
This is the most inclusive definition of earmarking.