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beholden to (someone)

Indebted or under obligation to someone, or feeling that one is under such an obligation. Never accept loans from anyone you don't know or trust personally; you don't want to be beholden to the wrong person. Please, I am beholden to you for the kindness you have shown my family.
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But when the employer is a monstrous multinational corporation, beholden to absentee stockholders who care only about quarterly profits and their dividend checks, the exchange becomes one sided.
I don't know how that makes her beholden to me," Bloomberg said.
A little kindness goes a long way and love makes the world go round, but compulsive caring actually makes the object of your kindness feel suffocated and beholden.
O'Neill's work is still very much beholden to its referents, which raises the usual question: How could an installation in an art gallery ever match the real thing--here, the thrills of the carnival and the creepiness of the neighbor's party basement?
This proposal will make religious programs less effective, knock holes in the wall separating church and state and make prophetic religion beholden to government control.
that Bush is beholden to the far right wing of his party after keeping it at arm's length during the campaign.
A gentleman, and he alone, could be expected to pay truth due respect - the respect essential for the advancement of natural knowledge - because a gentleman was independent, beholden to none.
Democracy was what 19th-century American business leaders dreaded: Legislatures beholden to the mass man might take down the trusts for reasons unrelated to Marxist theoretics.
Loehr notes that a money-center bank is more concerned with its own reputation than with the tenant's, and is more beholden to its position in the banking, financial and real estate communities, rather than to the needs of a particular customer - i.
Unfortunately, the excessive market power of the largest cable companies, programmers that are beholden to them, and broadcasters with retransmission consent rights have distorted the programming market and allowed the largest programmers to dictate terms and conditions that are thwarting consumers' desires.
The public) doesn't want you to be beholden to these people.
Those police forces are beholden to the communities they protect and serve.
The fairies, Hobbes knows, are one kind of fiction, the ecclesiastics are beholden to another.
The fact that McCain is not beholden to the religious right appeals to a lot of moderate voters.