beholden to (someone)

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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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I was not beholden to them for anything, and when I slipped out there was not one of them to drop me a line and say, 'How are you, old man?
We can't have the rich and the large corporations being able to give money so the politicians appear to be beholden to them.
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.
Smith's rivals in the 12th District race accused him of relying on money from developers and other special interests, saying Councilman Hal Bernson's long-time chief of staff will be beholden to them if he wins.
LaBonge responded by saying he was proud of his supporters but not beholden to them.