be beholden

See: owe
References in classic literature ?
Your own honour and good name demand that, after the discovery of his vile proceedings, you should not be beholden to him one hour, even for the shelter of these bare walls.
While she moved about, she told how she had gathered the wood, how she had managed to live and not be beholden to the union, and by the time they were seated at the table she was telling him about her meeting with Mary the night before.
He was not going to be beholden to his wife's sisters.
Further, having affirmed that he would be beholden to none of them, he got the contract to carry the United States mail, twice a week, from Kelterville up over Tarwater Mountain to Old Almaden--which was a sporadically worked quick-silver mine in the upland cattle country.
She said she would never be beholden to Catherick for bit or drop, if she lived to be a hundred.
I am not suggesting we should be beholden to these people but a simple but sincere thank you instead of saying "what's in it for them?
not directly and personally hired by the home buyer are likely to be beholden to the seller/mortgage company/bank.
What is the difference between a pharmaceutical company sponsoring attendance at an overseas course (regarded as a perverse incentive) and Discovery funding the training of specialists (of course they know that these doctors will be beholden to Discovery--it must surely influence one's medical judgement).
The public) doesn't want you to be beholden to these people.
Dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts and barons, combined with life peers drawn from round the country, need not be beholden to any political party for their present election and future prospects of government office, chauffeur-driven cars, rich pensions and, ultimately, wealthy directorships when they retire.
Politically appointed planning commissioners will always be beholden to special-interest groups.