[SOLVED] Meaning of the line

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Hello!
Please tell me what the line "Le terrain balisé" means? Literal translation also unclear for me.

Full lyrics: http://lyricstranslate.com/en/zaho-laissez-les-kouma-lyrics.html

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Joined: 23.02.2016

The "marked terrain."

Leader of the Balkan Squad
Joined: 14.10.2016

Like purplpeanut said, it literally means "the marked terrain", but I personally see that it could be interpreted as "sacred ground" or "hallowed ground".

whimsical chatterbox
Joined: 14.09.2013

Not really "sacred" or "hallowed".
Technically it's a piece of land with markers, like topographers would use, but figuratively it means a problem or situation you have a good grasp of.
"baliser le terrain" means you are sizing up a problem or a situation, preparing to work on something.
"le terrain est balisé" means you have a fairly good idea of what to expect.

In the context of this song it means something like "the situation is under control", but since it's full of youngster slang the meaning can be a bit fuzzy.

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Joined: 07.08.2016

Thanks everyone for the help!