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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Faced with such generosity, I felt honour bound to finish every last delicious morsel.
He felt honour bound to look after a stranger so obviously out of his depth.
There has been such an overwhelming response from the general public to the terrible disaster that we felt honour bound to try to do something to help,' he said.