have (all) the earmarks

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of have (all) the earmarks

:to have qualities or characteristics that make something likely
  • The business plan had (all) the earmarks of success.

Word by Word Definitions

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

earmark play earmarks
  1. : a mark of identification on the ear of an animal

  2. : a distinguishing mark

  3. : a provision in Congressional legislation that allocates a specified amount of money for a specific project, program, or organization

  1. : to mark (livestock) with an earmark

  2. : to mark in a distinguishing manner

  3. : to designate (something, such as funds) for a specific use or owner


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