owe a debt of gratitude to (someone)

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owe a debt of gratitude to (someone)

To be extremely thankful or grateful to one for something one did. I owe a debt of gratitude to my parents 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 a huge debt of gratitude to her.
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Despite these technical shortcomings we owe a debt of gratitude to Jean Ceard and the Librairie Droz for the posthumous publication of such an important piece of scholarship by a distinguished scholar of the French Renaissance.
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