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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

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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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We're not having the best of luck, but we have to get ourselves together and regroup because we owe one to the fans who travelled to Cyprus, and to all those who support us.
Staunton said: "We're not having the best of luck, but we have to get ourselves together and regroup because we owe one to the fans who travelled to Cyprus.
Likewise, we owe one to today's opponents, Bradford City, after they edged a nine-goal thriller at Prenton Park back in October.
This event would seem to owe one to Frankel, the wonderfully profane, Brooklyn-born trainer who is in the Hall of Fame despite never winning a Breeders' Cup or Triple Crown race.
But for whatever reason it didn't happen this time so we owe one to the fans against Inverness this weekend.
I've forgotten exactly how much I owe one former and always-confident racecourse executive - can Mark Kershaw please let me know and where to send his cheque?
Wilson has been in Switzerland scouting new players for next season, but will be ready come face-off to take on Cardiff ( a side who the Canadian feels his troops owe one to.
That's the debt of gratitude Celtic owe one man and the plc board have to be credited with letting Henrik run down his contract when they might have tested his value on the transfer market.
And on the subject of apologies, I owe one to all residents of Liverpool who may have been offended by remarks I made about my recent trip to their fair city for the National meeting.