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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EARMARK

These minor obligations do not earmark more than an hour in the day.

It wont do, she averred, but Mr. Denby has every earmark of it.

Then follows the non sequitur, which is a Democratic earmark.

So I earmark the calf with the owner's marks, and don't brand him at all.

I never saw a more typical criminal, Michael said, severely looking at the captive; every earmark of it.

She has always shown every earmark of genius, even to neglecting the best husband that ever lived!

That sense of humor does not lessen but it lightens the gallantry and chivalry which is the earmark of Westerners.

Every earmark showed that, from the delicate scent of the paper, to the fine, even handwriting.

My solicitors have the papers and receipts, so that it is possible to earmark your exact purchases.

Beyond doubt, Disraeli made the statement—it bears his earmark.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., from ear (n.1) + mark (n.1). Originally a cut or mark in the ear of sheep and cattle, serving as a sign of ownership (also a punishment of certain criminals); first recorded 1570s in figurative sense "stamp of ownership."

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verbassign; divide among
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.