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devoir une fière chandelle à quelqu’un

The French expression “devoir une fière chandelle à quelqu’un” translates literally to: “to owe a proud candle to somebody”.

English meaning:

  • to be indebted to somebody

French meaning:

  • être redevable à quelqu’un de quelque choseto be in debt to somebody for something

Example sentence:

  • Je dois un une fière chandelle à Timothy: Il m’a loge pendant quatre mois pendant que je cherchais un appartement. I am indebted to Timothy. He put me up for four months while I was looking for an apartment.

Synonymous expressions:

  • redevable de quelque chose à quelqu’un – to be forever grateful for something from somebody
  • redevable à quelqu’un pour quelque chose – to be forever grateful to somebody for something

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