beholden to

idiom

formal
: owing a favor or gift to (someone) : having obligations to (someone)
politicians who are beholden to special interest groups
She works for herself, and so is beholden to no one.

Examples of beholden to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But those businesses are also beholden to strict rules under the law about handling consumers’ financial information and could be penalized by the Federal Trade Commission for violating those rules. Colin Lecher and Ross Teixeira, USA TODAY, 15 May 2024 Biden and his team are beholden to a theory of the race that puts Donald Trump in the driver’s seat. Noah Rothman, National Review, 14 May 2024 Politicians on both sides of the aisle allege that the app is a threat to privacy and national security because the company that owns it is beholden to the Chinese Communist Party. Angie Orellana Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 Many red-carpet regulars, anyway, are beholden to their lucrative deals with fashion houses. Alexandra Jacobs, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2024 The only viable long-term solution is to rebuild Iraq’s state institutions, weeding out the corruption and nepotism that are undercutting the Iraqi state and energizing the militia groups largely beholden to Tehran. Mina Al-Oraibi, Foreign Affairs, 12 Apr. 2024 This woman, taking on that man with so much power, so much influence, a very powerful network of people beholden to him. John Hopewell, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 Biden currently supports legislation in Congress that would ban TikTok unless it is sold to a company that is not beholden to the Chinese Communist Party. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 2 Apr. 2024 Topline As Republicans vie to hang on to their slim House majority following a chaotic two years in which the GOP grappled with its shift to a party beholden to former President Donald Trump’s divisive brand of politics, these are the races to watch in November. Sara Dorn, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024

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“Beholden to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beholden%20to. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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