lay down the marker

lay down the marker

To set an authoritative example or standard for others to follow. By intervening in this conflict, our country shall lay down the marker that terrorism cannot and will not go unpunished in any corner of the Earth. Her breakthrough research laid down the marker for geneticists for decades to come.
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McCarthy shares Morgan's view of wanting to fire Wolves into the promotion race this season but there not being any guarantees, and believes tomorrow's visit of the Hornets will lay down the marker for a perfect opening-day test.
Don Thomas, MD of WL&BP said: "This event gives Wales the opportunity to lay down the marker for Welsh beef, which is gaining in its recognition as an international quality brand.
Don Thomas, MD of Welsh Lamb & Beef Promotions said, ``This event gives Wales the opportunity to lay down the marker for Welsh Beef, which is gaining in its recognition as an international quality brand.
WORCESTER Warriors will lay down the marker for next season's Premiership today when they unveil All Blacks star winger Rico Gear as the latest addition to the Sixways' squad.