Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Ear-marked.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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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