put down a marker

put down a marker

To publicly demonstrate to others what one is capable of or intends to do. The president was quick to put down a marker about his plans regarding a tax overhaul for middle-class workers. This opening match was a chance to put down a marker within the league. Unfortunately, we didn't meet our own expectations yesterday.
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put down a marker

COMMON If you put down a marker, you do something that shows people what you are capable of, or what you intend to do in the future. Bates has certainly put down a marker of intent in his ambitions for the title. Note: Verbs such as set and lay can be used instead of put. St Mel's, winners of more titles than any other team, have set down a marker for those who might hope to beat them later in the season.
See also: down, marker, put
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The first aim is to smash the Romanians because that would put down a marker for the World Cup as they are in our section.
It would also put down a marker for the games against the Pacific Islanders and Australia over the following fortnight.