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Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2006-01-21 09:44:50

Registered: 2006-01-21
Posts: 1

"beholding to" for "beholden to"

“These guys, they used to be Expos. They’ve been second-class citizens a long time. Owned by Major League Baseball. Playing in Puerto Rico. Now they have a home, and it’s like now they have a home and they’re going to be beholding to Peter Angelos?” <>

‘Beholden’ in the sense of indeptedness has been around since about 1390 and derives from the past participle of ‘behold’. As ‘behold’ is no longer a common word, the eggcorn seems more likely to derive from ‘hold’ as in ‘be held to account’.



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