Though investigators believe he owed Billings and the Mexican Mafia hundreds of thousands of dollars, he has no visible assets.
He told Justice that he knew of a “dirty pharmacist back east that owed me a favor,” who could get his hands on that much GHB.
Schaffel claimed Jackson owed him $3.8 million for his work and for cash he had laid out.
Soon she found that instead of being paid, she owed her new employers money.
Blodget reported that Groupon had “negative working capital,” meaning it owed more in bills than it had in cash.
I tought I owed you enuff before, but it war nothing to dis.
Well, I owed him a long score, and I have paid him off in full.
I owed them for three weeks, and then they lent me money to buy my ticket to London.
Besides, Trapper Jim declared he owed the fox skin to Ed, anyhow.
That brought me face to face with my rebel captain, to whom I owed such a debt of gratitude.
Old English agan (past tense ahte) "to have, own," from Proto-Germanic *aiganan "to possess" (cf. Old Frisian aga, Old Norse eiga, Old High German eigan, Gothic aigan "to possess, have"), from PIE *aik- "to be master of, possess" (cf. Sanskrit ise "he owns," isah "owner, lord, ruler;" Avestan is- "riches," isvan- "well-off, rich").
Sense of "to have to repay" began in late Old English with the phrase agan to geldanne literally "to own to yield," which was used to translate Latin debere (earlier in Old English this would have been sceal "shall"); by late 12c. the phrase had been shortened to simply agan, and own (v.) took over this word's original sense.
An original Germanic preterite-present verb (cf. can, dare, may, etc.). New past tense form owed arose 15c. to replace oughte, which developed into ought (v.).