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owe to (1)

Meaning: If you owe something to someone, you feel that you only have it because of the person's help or support.

For example:

  • owe sth to sb/sth The band said they owed their success to their producer and manager.

  • owe sth to sb/sth In his acceptance speech, Tiger said he owed everything to his parents.

Quick Quiz:

The team's coach said they owed their victory to the club's owners. Without their support, they
  1. would have won
  2. wouldn't have won
  3. wouldn't have failed

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