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behoove (one) to (do something)

To be a beneficial action for one to take. It behooves him to give his boss two weeks' notice so that he maintains a good professional relationship with her. It would behoove you to call your mother before she hears about your pregnancy from someone else.
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it behooves one to do something

Cliché it is necessary for one to do something; it is incumbent (up)on someone to do something. It behooves me to report the crime. It behooves you to pay for the window that you broke.
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