I just finished Marauders #20.

In this issue, Marauders try to guess how many knives Storm wears. All participants will owed a "marker" to the winner.

What is a marker in this context ?

Kate talking about markers

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A "marker" is a credit that is owed in the form of an IOU.

(US, slang) Synonym of IOU, an informal record of a debt.

She's basically saying that instead of offering a tangible prize, the winning guesser will get a (small) favour from the others that they can call in at a later date.

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    Interesting. I've not heard this meaning before. Is there any info on where or with whom this slang is popular?
    – trlkly
    Commented Apr 23, 2022 at 3:38
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    @trlkly forum.wordreference.com/threads/owe-someone-a-marker.3109550 "It featured prominently in the plot of the movie (and musical) 'Guys and Dolls', for example, and there was even an old Shirley Temple movie called "Little Miss Marker" where a father leaves his child as a marker for his gambling debt, promising to come back for her when he has the money." so popular among 1930-50s US gamblers? Commented Apr 23, 2022 at 10:36

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