have (someone or something) to thank for (something)

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Definition of have (someone or something) to thank for (something)

used to say that someone or something is responsible for something
  • The television show has young audiences to thank for its success.
  • The city has the mayor to thank for its current fiscal problems.

Word by Word Definitions

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

thank play
  1. : to express gratitude to

  2. : to hold responsible


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