owe a debt of gratitude

owe (one) a debt of gratitude

To be extremely thankful or grateful to one for something one did. I owe my parents a debt of gratitude for all their support over the years. Without them, there's no way I could have gotten where I am today. She really went above and beyond to help me get set up in this city, so I owe her a huge debt of gratitude.
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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.
See also: debt, gratitude, of, owe
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The people of southwest Arkansas owe a debt of gratitude to the people of Caterpillar Financial, who showed themselves to be exemplary corporate citizens in our state, working through many obstacles to reopen the mill.
Coun Christine Mitchell, culture and sport boss, said: "We all owe a debt of gratitude to all members of our armed forces.
We owe a debt of gratitude to these men and to dismiss their service as "skiving" is to do them, and the regular army, a great disservice and is insulting in the extreme.
But to whom do Dundonians owe a debt of gratitude for this incredible feat of urban crime prevention.
I owe a debt of gratitude to my colleagues and staff at Microsoft Corporation for their support.
Those of us who were dismayed by the New York Times' sneering obituary for Jacques Derrida owe a debt of gratitude to his good friend and America's most inspiring Continental philosopher, Jack Caputo, for his affectionate eulogy to this most complex Jewish saint.
I also appreciate publishers--large and small, including self-publishers--to whom all readers owe a debt of gratitude for the maturation of black publishing.
He added: "We all owe a debt of gratitude, not only to those who gave their lives, but to all others who have served their country and their families.
Beer lovers owe a debt of gratitude to Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the yeast commonly used to generate the alcohol in beer.
You also realize that you did not attain the new post all by yourself - that you owe a debt of gratitude to many people.