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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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BOURNEMOUTH are the sort of side you want to see do well and stay up but at the end of the day we owe them one.
"We've felt pretty hard done by to draw in the league and get knocked out of the Cup so we definitely owe them one."
WE OWE THEM ONE Dane Massey is keen to get revenge on BATE & their captain Vitali Rodionov (left)
"We owe them one, it's as simple as that," said Anderson.
"We lost there in a good, tough game, by one wicket right at the death, so we owe them one.
"We're sort of glad that we've got Ramsbottom because we owe them one, in fact, we owe them two," he said.
"We have lost to Wales the last three times we've played them, so we owe them one over there," said Munster man Murray.
Last season we got a right pasting at the Madejski Stadium so we owe them one.
Everybody, in the back of their mind, will be thinking we've been beaten 3-0 by these and we owe them one.
But he added: "We owe them one after all the beatings they have given us recently - and we believe we can stick it on them.
'Next week is huge for us at Caley and we owe them one as well since they beat us 4-1 so easily down here.
"We owe them one and I'm pretty sure we'll all be pumped up as we got all the way down there - a four and a half or five hour journey - and the pitch wasn't that bad, they had a few players injured and I think they threw one in.
cup marker by seeing We owe them one this weekend, then.
Saints have won both clashes between the clubs this season, but Russell added: "We owe them one."
Do you owe them one? It is certainly the case that they came and embarrassed us on our home ground in round five of the competition.