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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ear-marked.
 
Marked so as to be recognised. The allusion is to marking cattle and sheep on the ear, by which they may be readily recognised.
        “The increase [of these wild cattle] were duly branded and ear-marked each year.”—Nineteenth Century (May, 1893), p. 789.
        “The late president [Balmaceda] took on board a large quantity of silver, which had been earmarked for a particular purpose.”—Newspaper paragraph, Sept. 4, 1891.
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