Definition of be in someone's debt in US English:

be in someone's debt


  • Owe gratitude to someone for a service or favor.

    • ‘You are a national treasure and I will always be in your debt.’
    • ‘If you know of any, drop me a line and I'll be in your debt forever.’
    • ‘The continued support of this group of people over the years has made this a wonderful and memorable event and the soccer club will always be in your debt.’
    • ‘But we will always be in his debt for lyrics like these.’
    • ‘I have never really had friends like your cousin and you and I will forever be in your debt.’
    • ‘It was as if since Luke had saved her life, she felt like she was in his debt.’
    • ‘He knows I would hate being in his debt, and I'll bet that he's enjoying every minute of it.’
    • ‘Everyone at the college is in his debt and thank him most sincerely.’
    • ‘It should come as no surprise then that if the leader is able to secure a majority mandate, the party is in his debt, and not the other way around.’
    • ‘Steve's contribution to date has been immense and is one for which the club and all associated with it will forever be in his debt.’
    indebted to, beholden to, obliged to, duty-bound to, honour-bound to, obligated to, under an obligation to, owing someone a debt of gratitude, owing someone thanks
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