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debt to nature
A euphemism for death. When I'm ready to pay my debt to nature, I hope I'm surrounded by my family.
up to (one's) ears in debt
Having an excessive or overwhelming about of debt. Our cash flow is good, but we're up to our ears in debt, which is a big strain on the company. You'll be up to your ears in debt if you don't stop charging everything.
make good on (something)
To fulfill an obligation, such as keeping a promise or paying a debt. You better make good on all the things you said you would deliver, or the client is not going to be happy. Trust me, I always make good on my debts, OK?
be in (one's) debt
To feel deeply appreciative of someone's help. Helen's the one who got me a job at that great company, so I'm forever in her debt.
get into debt
To owe money to someone or something (such as a bank or other lending institution). If you spend more with your credit cards than you can reasonably pay off, you'll get into debt before you know it.
run into debt
To owe money to someone or something (such as a bank or other lending institution). If you spend more with your credit cards than you can reasonably pay off, you'll run into debt before you know it.
head over heels in debt
Fig. deeply in debt. Finally, when she was head over heels in debt, she cut up her credit cards. I couldn't stand being head over heels in debt, so I always pay off my bills immediately.
having debts; having much debt; owing money. Mary is deeply in debt. I am in debt to the bank for my car loan.
*out of debt
no longer owing a debt. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; get oneself ~.) I've taken a second job so I can get myself out of debt.
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.
pay one's debt (to society)
Cliché to serve a sentence for a crime, usually in prison. The judge said that Mr. Simpson had to pay his debt to society. Mr. Brown paid his debt in state prison.
up to your ears in debt
If you are up to your ears in debt, you owe a lot of money. Tom was still up to his ears in debt with no prospect of work.