be honor-bound to do (something)

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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.
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And these are that you are supposed to be bound, absolutely, by collective Cabinet responsibility, and that you are no less honour-bound as a member of the Privy Council not to divulge any secrets which come your way.
I believe that both the Government and Able UK are honour-bound to make the public fully aware of their intentions.
I daresay there were other luminaries around but I had the feeling I was honour-bound to ignore them, or at least leave them alone.
He called the jury back in and told them: "It is made plain that any juror who recognises a defendant or witness is honour-bound to declare it.
I was honour-bound then to stick with my contract at Barcelona.
But things don't pan out quite that way and they feel honour-bound to help some Arabs they find being tortured - even though you sense they don't actually care that much.
Their mandate to rule has collapsed, and they are honour-bound to seek to renew it.
I would have thought he'd have felt honour-bound to let his wife know before they married that he'd previously had a relationship and had a daughter.
ALEX McLeish has admitted Blues were honour-bound to show their proper selves tomorrow against Everton at St Andrew's.
If not, other citizens who know them are honour-bound to inform the police.
As a members' club they are honour-bound to satisfy their members' wishes yet know that to risk the ire of the ICC could be costly.
Quite frankly though, as a club that owes its topflight status and possibly its very survival as much to Chelsea's efforts against Bolton as their own against Coventry in 1998, we should feel almost honour-bound to do give everything against both Birmingham and West Brom.
I love competing in the North Eastern Championships and felt honour-bound, seeing that I was in reasonable shape, to take my chance once more," said Reed, whose 56 titles are made up of 15 indoors and 41 ( shot and discus ( outdoors.
This has been done reluctantly but, having given our word to him, we are honour-bound to keep it.
This is a national tragedy that every American should be honour-bound to help prevent,"'' he said.