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.
References in classic literature ?
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?
I have never been beholden to them Hindi ako tatanggap ng campaign contributions (kay Henry Sy).
Unlike his predecessors, Chretien hasn't embarked on constitutional reform, hasn't tried to grab too much power from the provinces, has politely but firmly told his fellow Quebecers that the rest of the confederation isn't entirely beholden to them, has presided over a decent economy, and has even decided recently that taxes should be cut.