1. (orig. US) an IOU for a gambling debt; also used fig. for any form of debt.
|World (N.Y.) 15 Sept. 5/1: I am going to put a marker in for this meal.|
|Saddle and Mocassin 225: Before half the deal was over, the whole bank of checks was gone, and Cuff was giving markers for hundreds as hard as he could go it.|
|Barkeep Stories 106: ‘He’s a guy dat’s owed me a case an’ a half fer drinks fer free months an’ he’s kep’ out o’ de joint ever since I stood fer de marker’.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 127: ‘Well,’ Bookie Bob says, ‘I will take your markers.’.‘The Snatching of Bookie Bob’ in|
|Runyon à la Carte 104: The Sky finds he has no more potatoes [...] and he wishes to give markers.|
|Scrambled Yeggs 73: It looks like he takes the cure a few months back; he gets in so deep Drag cuts him off. He even comes out here and wants me to take his markers, but the word’s out so we tell him Christmas is next year.|
|Complete Guide to Gambling.|
|After Hours 21: He must be up to his asshole in markers. Probably over a hundred large.|
|Muscle for the Wing 70: It was Shuggie’s game where I got the markers.|
|Get Shorty [film script] chili.: We’re there, Harry. You signed markers for a hundred and a half, you’re over sixty days past due and you haven’t told anybody what the problem is.|
|At End of Day (2001) 158: Couldn’t seem to see his way clear, pay that one-thirty-seven marker he built up.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 16: He left markers all over the city. Bookies, mainly.|
2. (US Und.) money.
|A Good Fella’s Guide To N.Y. 123: Candy, markers, ammo, liners, stocking stuffer, sweetener, garnish, and pledges are all terms for cash.|
to demand repayment of a favour.
|After Hours 135: I’m not calling in any markers on you.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 193: Cape called in his marker [...] He wanted me to rope young actresses into doing fuck flicks.|
|Homeboy 128: Sammy, we’re callin in our markers.|
|Eddie’s World 85: I want to call in my marker [...] I want to walk away.|
|Wire ser. 5 ep. 1 [TV script] If you want to call in a marker on this department, feel free.‘More with Less’|
|Tarnished Lady 325: Dunstan owes me for a favor I did him once in Frankland. An immense favor. I will call in my marker now .|
(US Und.) to send out a call; to offer a reward.
|Jimmy Bench-Press 15: He put out a marker for goons. X percent for whatever amount the goons can collect.|