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Verb
  1. simple past tense and past participle of earn
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The stunt earned her the scorn of her censorious older sister.
The customers sometimes called him Bluto. He earned the nickname by his tremendous build and great strength.
But for most of the Peninsular War, where he earned his fame, his troops lacked the numbers for an attack.
I should think he earned ten thousand a year, and his knighthood was but the first of the honours which must inevitably fall to his lot.
Lowe quit the West Wing last year amid rumours that he was unhappy that his co-stars earned more than him.
The brigade suffered heavy losses and earned four Gold Medals of Military Valor.

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