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I owe you one.
Inf. Thank you, now I owe you a favor.; I owe you something similar in return. Bob: I put the extra copy of the book on your desk. Sue: Thanks, I owe you one. Bill: Let me pay for your drink. Bob: Thanks a lot, I owe you one.
owe someone a debt of gratitude
a large amount of thanks owed to someone who deserves gratitude. (Actually payment of the debt is owed.) We owe you a debt of gratitude for all you have done for us.
owe something (to someone) (for something)
to be under obligation to pay or repay someone for something. I owe forty dollars to Ann for the dinner. I owe money for the gift to Ann. I still owe money for the gift. Do you still owe money to Ann?
*pound of flesh
Fig. a payment or punishment that involves suffering and sacrifice on the part of the person being punished. (*Typically: give someone ~; owe someone ~; pay someone ~; take ~.) He wants revenge. He won't be satisfied until he takes his pound of flesh.
owe it to somebody to do something
to have a duty to do something for someone We owe it to our students to figure out how we can help them get a education.
you owe it to yourself to do something
you deserve to do something you want to do After working so hard, you owe it to yourself to take a long vacation.
your pound of flesh
if someone demands their pound of flesh, they make someone give them something that they owe them, although they do not need it and it will cause problems for the other person
Usage notes: This phrase comes from Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice.His boss, demanding his pound of flesh, made him come into work even though his daughter was seriously ill.
pound of flesh
A debt whose payment is harshly insisted on, as in The other members of the cartel all want their pound of flesh from Brazil. This expression alludes to the scene in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (4:1) where the moneylender Shylock demands the pound of flesh promised him in payment for a loan, and Portia responds that he may have it but without an ounce of blood (since blood was not promised). [c. 1600]
1. To be in debt by some amount to someone: I owe $100 to my brother.
2. To have something because of something or someone else: The family owed its wealth to oil. I owe my rosy complexion to my mother.