duty calls

duty calls

A phrase used when one is about to return to work or do a particular task. Well, it was nice chatting with you, but duty calls—I've got to get back to those spreadsheets.
See also: call, duty

duty ˈcalls

used to say that you must do something that cannot be avoided, especially when you have to stop doing something pleasant: Ah, duty calls, I’m afraid — I really must go and finish off those letters.
See also: call, duty
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They live at peace with all their fellows, except when duty calls upon them to make war, while we are at peace with none; forever warring among our own kind as well as upon the red men, and even in our own communities the individuals fight amongst themselves.
Lucy went out, visiting with her mother, and as they were only duty calls, I did not go.
To be with you, Bertrade of Montfort," he said boldly, "I would forego any other pleasure, and endure any privation, or face any danger, but there are others who look to me for guidance and my duty calls me away from you.
And mind you, I don't talk to you as a common character, because you have served your country and you know that when duty calls we must obey.
Mike Bartram, Liverpool The Ultimate Sacrifice IT IS the greatest sacrifice That one alone can give To lose one's life in mortal strife That others may yet live When nations fall and duty calls To those of moral purpose They boldly go to fight the foe For freedom, peace and justice Through the hell of deadly shell And constant firing rattle No higher price is there to pay On scarlet fields of battle But as we gaze at life these days By no means nowhere perfect We nonetheless applaud their quest And pray it all was worth it Jim Finn, Crosby
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The FILLUP Personal Cooler, offered in all military colors, keeps drinks cold and food fresh when packed along to buildings, bunkers, hangars and flight decks when duty calls.
I'm responsible for more then one family in my band and when duty calls, I've got to do what I've got to do.
Unfortunately, duty calls for the British star who was spotted making his way through the Pearson International Airport on Sunday, October 19.
Today, the national duty calls on all Tunisians, in the face of the great challenges, to unite their positions to overcome the political crisis, support security and military institutions and hoist the banner of the homeland high so as to guarantee security of its institutions as part of a civil republican regime," the NCA presidency underlines in a statement published on Friday.
At Sewerby Hall, just north of Bridlington, Duty Calls contrasts the experiences of the Lloyd Greame family and their estate workers during the First and Second World Wars.
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THE last minute dash to the wine shop or supermarket is usually to get some fizz to keep everyone happy when doing the duty calls.
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If the national duty calls me, I am not the one who will ignore it when it is the right time and when the legal and constitutional framework is announced," Al-Awa said.