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owe (one) one

To be indebted to one for something they did. Thanks for not ratting me out to the boss about being late this morning—I owe you one! OK, you can borrow my car, but you owe me one!
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owe someone one

INFORMAL
If you owe someone one, you feel very grateful to them for something they have done for you. `I've got the engine going again.' `Thanks, mate — I owe you one!'
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owe someone one

feel indebted to someone. informal
1990 Paul Auster The Music of Chance ‘I guess I owe you one,’ Floyd said, patting Nashe's back in an awkward show of gratitude.
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References in classic literature ?
"That is the very thing which is the cause of my despair, for I only owe him one hundred thousand."
"Rodionov head-butted me and he came out and apologised afterwards - I was expecting him to get a ban and UEFA didn't ban him, so I definitely owe him one," the left-back laughed.
He gets on with captain Alastair Cook, which is a start, and he gave Stuart Broad and Matt Prior their Test debuts so they owe him one.
Relieved Dowie said: "I told Chris I owe him one - it was a terrible pass.
Hutchison added: "The lads are a little bit gutted, more for the gaffer than ourselves because we feel we owe him one. He has stuck with us and we were just trying to get the win for him."
When informed Frei would not be playing in Basle, Morrison replied: ``Well, I am a bit disappointed because he made a remark to me in last year's match for which I owe him one. ''
Scolari is now the coach of Euro 2004 hosts Portugal,England's opponents in the tournament's first quarter- final in Lisbon tomorrow,and as Ashley Cole said: ``We owe him one!''
Jamie thinks the cops now owe him one. How wrong could he be?
'He wanted me to do one of the tracks from his new album, so I feel a bit bad because I owe him one for the all big-ups I got from him
"I told him I owe him one but in a way he owes me, too.
Ben was in Ricky's BBC2 hit Extras, and Ricky, right, said: "I owe him one."
Frei is suspended for spitting at Steven Gerrard during Euro 2004, but Morrison said: "I'm a bit disappointed because he made a racist remark to me during that game and I owe him one for that."