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Earmark vs. Hallmark

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Earmarkverb

(transitive) To mark (as of sheep) by slitting the ear.

Hallmarknoun

A distinguishing characteristic.

Earmarkverb

To specify or set aside for a particular purpose, to allocate.

‘You can donate to the organization as a whole, or you can earmark your contribution for a particular project.’;

Hallmarknoun

An official marking made by a trusted party, usually an assay office, on items made of precious metals.

Earmarknoun

A mark or deformation of the ear of an animal, intended to indicate ownership.

Hallmarkverb

To provide or stamp with a hallmark.

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Earmarknoun

The designation of specific projects in appropriations of funding for general programs.

Hallmarknoun

a distinctive characteristic or attribute

Earmarknoun

A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark.

Hallmarknoun

a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity

Earmarknoun

A mark on the ear of sheep, oxen, dogs, etc., as by cropping or slitting.

Hallmarknoun

a mark stamped on articles of gold, silver, or platinum by the British assay offices, certifying their standard of purity.

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Earmarknoun

A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark.

‘Money is said to have no earmark.’; ‘Flying, he [a slave] should be described by the rounding of his head, and his earmark.’; ‘A set of intellectual ideas . . . have earmarks upon them, no tokens of a particular proprietor.’;

Hallmarknoun

a distinctive feature

‘the tiny bubbles are the hallmark of fine champagnes’;

Earmarkverb

To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.

Hallmarkverb

stamp with a hallmark

‘he was reprimanded for not hallmarking his work’;

Earmarkverb

To designate or reserve for a specific purpose; as, the alumni fund was earmarked for dormitory construction.

Hallmarkverb

mark as distinctive

‘this attitude hallmarks many a Briton's behaviour abroad’;

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Earmarknoun

identification mark on the ear of a domestic animal

Hallmark

A hallmark is an official mark or series of marks struck on items made of metal, mostly to certify the content of noble metals—such as platinum, gold, silver and in some nations, palladium. In a more general sense, the term hallmark can also be used to refer to any distinguishing mark.

Earmarknoun

a distinctive characteristic or attribute

Earmarkverb

give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause;

‘I will earmark this money for your research’;

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