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be honor-bound to do (something)

To be or 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 am honor-bound to inform them of your actions.

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.
See also: feel

honours are even

Both sides are equally matched; the contest is equal or level; neither side has been victorious. Primarily heard in UK. Honours are even going into the third round of this match. At the end of an amazing game, honours are even between these two teams.
See also: even, honour

Scout's honour

An oath that one is being ingenuous or honest, or will uphold a promise or duty. Alludes to the oath taken by a member of the Scouting movement to be upstanding, trustworthy, and honest. Primarily heard in UK. I swear that I'll behave myself at your brother's wedding, Scout's honour! A: "Are you really telling me the truth about what happened to my car?" B: "Scout's honour!"
See also: honour

guest of honor

a guest who gets special attention from everyone; the person for whom a party, celebration, or ceremony is given. Bob is the guest of honor, and many people will make speeches about him. The guest of honor sits at the front of the room on the dais.
See also: guest, honor, of

honor someone as something

to praise someone as something; to praise someone for being something. Aren't you going to honor Kevin as a hero? We will honor Henry as the most promising scholar of the year.
See also: honor

honor someone for something

to praise someone for doing something. The committee agreed to honor Laurel for her role in the benefit dance. I want to honor you for your efforts on behalf of our cause.
See also: honor

honor someone's check

to accept someone's personal check in payment of an obligation. The clerk at the store wouldn't honor my check. I had to pay cash. The bank didn't honor your check when I tried to deposit it. Please give me cash.
See also: check, honor

honor someone with something

to show one's respect for someone with something, such as a gift, party, ceremony, a response, etc. We would like to honor you with a little reception. We chose to honor you with a little gift.
See also: honor

in honor of someone or something

showing respect or admiration for someone or something. Our club gave a party in honor of the club's president. I wrote a poem in honor of John and Mary's marriage.
See also: honor, of

on one's honor

Fig. on one's solemn oath; sincerely. On my honor, I'll be there on time. He promised on his honor that he'd pay me back next week.
See also: honor, on

prophet is not without honor save in his own country

Prov. Everyone recognizes that a wise person is wise, except for the people close to him or her. (Biblical.) No one in the novelist's country would publish her books, but last year she won the Nobel Prize. A prophet is not without honor save in his own country.

put one on one's honor

Fig. to inform one that one is trusted to act honorably, legally, and fairly without supervision. I'll put you on your honor when I have to leave the room during the test. They put us on our honor to take no more than we had paid for.
See also: honor, on, one, put

someone's word of honor

someone's trustworthy pledge or promise. He gave me his word of honor that he would bring the car back by noon today.
See also: honor, of, word

There is honor among thieves.

Prov. Criminals do not commit crimes against each other. The gangster was loyal to his associates and did not tell their names to the police, demonstrating that there is honor among thieves.
See also: among, honor, thief

on your honor

1. without being watched to see if you behave in the right way We ask people, on their honor, to avoid leaving garbage at the campsite.
2. with a serious promise She swore on her honor that she'd finish the assignment.
See also: honor, on

do the honors

to perform social duties at an event Jerry, I need to go into the kitchen for a moment, so why don't you do the honors and get Carol a drink?
Usage notes: usually said about serving food and drinks or greeting and introducing guests
See also: honor

be/feel honour-bound to do something

  (British & Australian) also be/feel honor-bound to do something (American & Australian)
to feel that you must do something because it is morally right, even if you do not want to do it I'd rather go to Andrew's party but I feel honour-bound to go to Caroline's because she asked me first.

do the honours

  (British & Australian humorous) also do the honors (American & Australian)
to pour drinks or serve food 'Let's eat. Shall I do the honours?'
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do the honors

Act as a host or hostess, performing introductions and otherwise attending to guests. For example, At home Mary leaves it to Bill to do the honors when they have guests. This expression uses honors in the sense of "courtesy." [Mid-1600s]
See also: honor

honor bound

Obliged by one's personal integrity, as in She was honor bound to admit that it was her work and not her sister's. Also see on one's honor.
See also: bound, honor

in honor of

In celebration of, as a mark of respect for, as in We are holding a banquet in honor of the president. [c. 1300]
See also: honor, of

on one's honor

Entrusted to behave honorably and honestly without supervision. For example, The students were on their honor not to consult notes during the exam. Originally alluding to a solemn oath, this idiom dates from the mid-1400s.
See also: honor, on

word of honor

A pledge of one's good faith, as in On his word of honor he assured us that he was telling the truth. [Early 1800s]
See also: honor, of, word

honor bound

Under an obligation enforced by the personal integrity of the one obliged: I was honor bound to admit that she had done the work.
See also: bound, honor

on (one's) honor

Under an obligation enforced by the personal integrity of the one obliged.
See also: honor, on
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Cet athlete a pu tirer son epingle du jeu contrairement aux autres, beaucoup plus experimentes, qui n'ont pu [beaucoup moins que] honorer [beaucoup plus grand que] leurs engagement.
La victoire aujourd'hui et avant la qualification demain pour le CHAN restent donc l'objectif principal de toute une equipe locale des Lions de l'Atlas appeles a honorer le football national a l'echelon continental mais aussi international-
En effet, apres avoir edifie une serie d'etablissements scolaires dans les differentes delegations de la region en question, le ministere de tutelle ne parvient pas, jusqu'a present, a honorer leurs dus envers les prestataires.
Le retard des aides financieres promises par les pays du G8 a Deauville en 2011 aux pays du printemps arabe engendrera des consequences negatives sur la performance de l'economie egyptienne, a-t-il poursuivi, incitant la communaute internationale a honorer ses engagements envers le gouvernement egyptien le plus rapidement possible.
Certes honorer la memoire du defunt par une victoire serait le plus bel hommage a lui rendre, d'autant que son dernier but, il l'avait inscrit le jour meme de sa mort tragique.
il n'a pas pu, en contre partie, honorer sa mission de rivaliser avec les grands du Continent.
Summary: L'ANC a consacre hier samedi le deuxieme jour des festivites de son centenaire a des "activites traditionnelles" dont le sacrifice d'animaux pour honorer les ancetres, avant un dEner de gala devant reunir des dizaines de chefs d'Etat.
000 tonnes de produits semi-finis et des contrats avec nos partenaires qu'il faut honorer mais avec cette situation, nous allons droit dans le mur [beaucoup plus grand que], met-il en garde.
Pour lui, il faut honorer les couleurs du club et mener ses co-equipiers vers les podiums en apportant sa valeur ajoutee et son experience aux poulains de Benjamin Toschak.
En outre, le conseiller du Premier ministre, Dr Sayed Felifel a declare que le Fonds de parrainage social a reussi a honorer ses engagements envers les familles des martyrs et des blesses de la Revolution du 25 Janvier, precisant qu'un traitement medical a ete assure et des sommes ont ete debloquees aux familles des blesses et des victimes.
Le club rappelle que [beaucoup moins que] le joueur en question est lie au club par un contrat qu'il doit honorer et que les arrieres de salaire seront incessamment verses comme convenu [beaucoup plus grand que].
Des joueuses qui preferent honorer le tournoi de Marrakech qui se deroulent en meme temps que d'autres rendez-vous aussi important comme celui de Stuttgart.
Le ministere a egalement tenu a honorer un de ses cadres admis a la retraite et des directeurs en exercice dans les centres et instituts de formation sous tutelle a travers les wilayas.
On parle d'ores et deja d'une enveloppe budgetaire de l'ordre de 180 milliards de dirhams pour honorer les engagements de l'Etat non encore dus.
Apres son discours, le Rais presidera une reunion qui se penchera sur l'annonce du programme electoral du Parti aux legislatives 2010 et les engagements a honorer par le Parti et son gouvernement,dans les prochains cinq ans.