in debt to (someone or something)

in debt to (someone or something)

1. Literally, owing one money. That's what loan sharks do—they get you in debt to them and then squeeze you dry.
2. Owing one gratitude (or, more rarely, some form of compensation, such as a favor) for their help. Helen's the one who got me a job at that great company, so I'm forever in debt to her.
See also: debt, to
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