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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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I owe you one.

Inf. Thank you, now I owe you a favor.; I owe you something similar in return. Bob: I put the extra copy of the book on your desk. Sue: Thanks, I owe you one. Bill: Let me pay for your drink. Bob: Thanks a lot, I owe you 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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"Our scrum went particularly well that night, so they definitely will be thinking they owe us one on their home patch as we put quite a few points on them.
It's a big ask and the horse doesn't owe us one penny."
So the Gunners definitely owe us one and now that Arsene Wenger will start with us big guns, we expect no slip-ups this time and plenty of goals at the Emirates.
"A bit of me is envious because Hearts put us out in controversial circumstances so they owe us one.
"They know that they owe us one, they owe the villa fans and me a performance in the next game.
The Maradona family certainly owe us one after Diego's cheating in Mexico and the great man has now sent his son-in-law, Sergio Aguero, to Manchester to brighten up the lives of football supporters.
Gus and his players will be thinking they owe us one.
"They will not want to bow out without any kind of result, and they probably feel they owe us one from their point of view after we left it late to get the win out in Italy.
"They may feel they owe us one because we pipped them out of the group stages..but I like to think we owe them because they beat us."
Even if it is offside I think Spurs owe us one or two offsides."
The Dirtbombs owe us one. But the buzz there, judging Cure the band that actually played and the stickers everywhere, was all about the Loud Pipes.
But it cannot hurt if a few prominent voices tell Ministers in no uncertain terms that we still feel they owe us one - because they do.
They'll be coming to Molineux thinking they owe us one after our opening weekend win at their place.
I feel they owe us one! At least we have Ebony in the Peter Bussey."
"They've set themselves high standards and they dipped from that at Scunthorpe so they certainly owe us one on Saturday - if selected - and they need to make sure they perform to their best." Despite that warning it would be a shock if Boothroyd changes his attack tomorrow, especially as he is convinced that King's second-half strike at Glanford Park - listed as an own goal by everyone outside the City camp - will be the first of many.