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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

with honours even

With both sides being equally matched or level, as in a competition or contest; with neither side having been victorious. Primarily heard in UK. The two athletes are preparing to meet once again for a chance at the title, with honours even. An amazing match between two of the world's greatest football clubs has ended with honours even.
See also: even, honour

on (one's) honour

1. With utmost sincerity; with one's serious promise or oath. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. On my honour, I swear to you that I did not steal that money! If, on your honour, you promise to behave yourself, I'll let you go to the party with your friends.
2. With a sincere intent (to do something) without being watched or scrutinized; according to the honour system. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. To save on the cost of employing daytime staff to mind the till, we ask patrons on their honour to leave the correct payment for their items.
See also: honour, on

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

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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References in classic literature ?
The athlete's lips curled disdainfully, and without honouring his adversary with a formal denial, he exhibited, as if by accident, that peculiarly Russian object--an enormous fist, clenched, muscular, and covered with red hairs
My dear John,' replied Dot, turning very red, 'don't talk about honouring ME.
But her (Auge) he received and brought up well, and cherished in the palace, honouring her even as his own daughters.
replied the man, holding the door in his hand, and honouring the inquirer with a stare and a broad grin, 'Lord, no.
Then in this, I said, Homer shall be our teacher; and we too, at sacrifices and on the like occasions, will honour the brave according to the measure of their valour, whether men or women, with hymns and those other distinctions which we were mentioning; also with seats of precedence, and meats and full cups; and in honouring them, we shall be at the same time training them.
Oh, who could find the right prenomen and honouring name for such longing