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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"I owe them a debt of gratitude and hope to do the best I can for the wider party."
"We owe them a debt of gratitude. They volunteer to join the British Army and we treat them despicably."
People who buy hybrids now are investing in a less oil-dependent future, and generations to come will owe them a debt of gratitude. Hybrid power is obviously the propulsion system of the future, and I foresee a distant time when people will look at faded pictures of our petroleum-only vehicles and wonder how and why we managed to keep them in use for so long.
He will regret insulting them by going to a golf meeting because 60 years ago these Welsh Veterans were putting their lives on the line for us and we owe them a debt of gratitude we can never fully repay.
Numerous people have worked to make this issue happen, and I owe them a debt of gratitude. Jim Taulman will continue to have an active part in the production of the journal, especially on the technical end.