i owe you a debt of gratitude meaning, i owe you a debt of gratitude definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( debts    plural  )
1       n-var   A debt is a sum of money that you owe someone.  
Three years later, he is still paying off his debts..., ...reducing the country's $18 billion foreign debt.     
    bad debt  
2       n-uncount   Debt is the state of owing money.  
Stress is a main reason for debt.      If you are in debt or get into debt, you owe money. If you are out of debt or get out of debt, you succeed in paying all the money that you owe.  
in debt      phrase  
He was already deeply in debt through gambling losses..., How can I accumulate enough cash to get out of debt?     
3       n-count   You use debt in expressions such as I owe you a debt or I am in your debt when you are expressing gratitude for something that someone has done for you.  
FORMAL   usu sing, oft in poss N     (feelings)    He was so good to me that I can never repay the debt I owe him...     

bad debt        ( bad debts    plural  ) A bad debt is a sum of money that has been lent but is not likely to be repaid.      n-count  
The bank set aside £1.1 billion to cover bad debts from business failures.     
debt burden        ( debt burdens    plural  ) A debt burden is a large amount of money that one country or organization owes to another and which they find very difficult to repay.      n-count  
...the massive debt burden of the Third World.     
Debt-ridden countries, companies, or people owe extremely large amounts of money.      adj   usu ADJ n  
...the debt-ridden economies of Latin America.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
I can't understand it, I can't believe it, I can't accept it
what about you
Slang; written abbreviation
love you loads
"je t'aime beaucoup" in French
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
you only live once
[Fam.] acronym
talk to you later
person that you date
it's said when someone has done things in the wrong order
done because you want to
[US] i did the proyect voluntary to improve my grade
the decision is yours
expression used to show full agreement on smth.
used to describe a person. i.e this is the qua am telling you about or he is a fantastic qua
Shortening of Talk To You Soon
vous ne m'en voudrez pas si je vous demande pourquoi ?
do you mind my asking why you are so late? = vous ne m'en voudrez pas / puis-je vous demander pourquoi vous êtes si en retard ?
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
the carrot is more effective than the stick
consider that two parties don't owe anything to each other
at what times you climb for class today
t'as pas compris, tu veux que je te fasses un dessin?
what part of "you can't come with us" don't you understand? what part of "NO" don't you understand?
See you later, I'll continue my rounds.


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