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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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Here's another dirty secret: Earmarks don't actually cost anything.
To be clear, I understand why earmarks were so disparaged in the 2008 campaigns, why Pres.
But by whatever name they are called, wouldn't you take earmarks over another government shutdown?
Earmarks don't necessarily go to the biggest or most powerful states.
John Cornyn in calling for a ban on all Congressional earmark spending.
Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said he requests earmarks for a variety of programs and projects that benefit San Fernando Valley residents.
Any discussion of earmarks cannot escape the matter of definitions.
But those editors involved point out that the project does not paint all earmarks as bad, citing a need to distinguish between the earmarks that help communities and those that might help politicians by benefiting campaign contributors.
The letter identifies a number of earmarks funneled through the Justice Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Education.
The bill vetoed by President Bush did contain several projects for HBCUs under the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education, a popular budget line item for education earmarks.
objected to some Democrats' contention that transparency was sufficient reform: "We're lying to the American people when we say we're fixing earmarks when we're not.
Department of Education is also angry about all the earmarks it must dole out and administer.
In the fall campaign, Democrats used public distaste with earmarks to highlight Republican scandals and criticize a GOP "culture of corruption.
In the wake of recent lobbying scandals, leaders in both chambers of Congress are attempting to control the number of earmarks introduced into bills after conference.