There is a sentence which says "He owes money left and right." which says has has borrowed money from almost everyone. I would appreciate it if someone could let me know if the following sentence sounds natural as the mentioned sentence of mine:

  • He is indebted money to left and right.

I guess the word "money" is redundant, because it can be implied by the verb itself. Please explain it to me from a native speaker's point of view.

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    I would take out "money to." But the original sounds more natural. Jan 25, 2017 at 8:41
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    There would be something of a register-clash when mixing "indebted" with "left and right".
    – TimR
    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:37

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Indebted is an adjective that means:

  • committed or obligated to repay a monetary loan:
    • He was indebted to his friend for a large sum.


The idea that money is owed to someone is already included in the meaning of the term. So you would say: He is indebted left and right.

Left and right is an idiomatic expression meaning everywhere:

  • everywhere, without any plan or pattern People are complaining left and right about the new parking regulations.

(The Free Dictionary)

"Owe money" sounds more colloquial than "be indebted", but the meaning is the same

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