do (one's) duty

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do (one's) duty

1. To do, undertake, or accomplish that which is expected or required from one. I know it isn't easy facing off against the lowlifes of this town, but you're on the police force and you have to do your duty.
2. To urinate or defecate, especially a house pet. I hate standing out here in the cold, waiting for the dog to do his duty.
See also: duty
References in classic literature ?
And I was very ill grieved, Miss Grey; but I went to my seat, and I tried to do my duty as aforetime: but I like got no peace.
I'll try and be what he loves to call me, `a little woman' and not be rough and wild, but do my duty here instead of wanting to be somewhere else," said Jo, thinking that keeping her temper at home was a much harder task than facing a rebel or two down South.
But, surely, it seems to me if I am willing to do my duty in seeing that you have proper care and instruction, YOU ought to be willing to do yours by seeing that that care and instruction are not ungratefully wasted.
Well, I couldn't do my duty as a clergyman, any more than you could do yours as a governess.