feel honor-bound to do something

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feel honor-bound to do something

To feel obliged to do something because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity, even if one does not desire to do so. Primarily heard in US. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I feel honor-bound to inform them of your actions.
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Obama pointed out that Steelers president Art Rooney II had backed him in the presidential campaign, so he felt honor bound to back the Pennsylvania city team.