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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 ?
Canst thou with impious obloquie condemne The just Decree of God, pronounc't and sworn, That to his only Son by right endu'd With Regal Scepter, every Soule in Heav'n Shall bend the knee, and in that honour due Confess him rightful King?
75-103) These things, then, the Muses sang who dwell on Olympus, nine daughters begotten by great Zeus, Cleio and Euterpe, Thaleia, Melpomene and Terpsichore, and Erato and Polyhymnia and Urania and Calliope (3), who is the chiefest of them all, for she attends on worshipful princes: whomsoever of heaven-nourished princes the daughters of great Zeus honour, and behold him at his birth, they pour sweet dew upon his tongue, and from his lips flow gracious words.
This honour she has from the beginning, and this is the portion allotted to her amongst men and undying gods, -- the whisperings of maidens and smiles and deceits with sweet delight and love and graciousness.
From the interdisciplinary honours programme at the University of Amsterdam, the whole population filled in a questionnaire (45 out of 48 participants).
Additionally, honours students were asked to rank the three most important reasons (from a list) that they had decided to take part in the honours programme.
We compared all honours students versus all non-honours students and--with regard to the pilot--did the statistics for the two programmes separately (in other words, interdisciplinary honours versus non-honours students of the University of Amsterdam and disciplinary honours versus non-honours students in Human Geography and Planning at the University of Utrecht).
RESULTS OF THE PILOT STUDY: HONOURS STUDENTS VERSUS NON-HONOURS STUDENTS
BA (Hons) Secondary Education: Welsh (Leading to Qualified Teacher Status) Lowri Rhianydd Oliver 3rd Class Honours Annalie Mwynwyn Price 1st Class Honours Jacqueline Spiller 1st Class Honours David Thomas 2nd Class Honours, Division 1 Emyr Huw Thomas 2nd Class Honours, Division 1 BA (Hons) Secondary Education: Drama (Leading to Qualified Teacher Status)
BA (Hons) Fine Art Elizabeth Louise Ault 2nd Class Honours, Division 1 Elanna Sian Bainbridge 1st Class Honours Rachel Anne Bennett 1st Class Honours Nicola Yvonne Beverley 2nd Class Honours, Division 1 Natalia Angela Bianco 2nd Class Honours, Division 1
BA (Hons) Multimedia Product Design Harriet Alice Davies 2nd Class Honours, Division 2 Adam Benjamin Holloway 2nd Class Honours, Division 2 David Juan Trujols Shepherd 2nd Class Honours, Division 1 Sarah Ann Sturla 2nd Class Honours, Division 2 Daniel Winston 2nd Class Honours, Division 1 BA (Hons) Product Design
While these values are not intrinsic to the definition of honours in the UK, Lamb suggests that they are often present if one looks beneath the surface.
In "Qualities Honours Students Look for in Faculty and Courses, Revisited," she and Offringa conclude from the surveys that honors students in the Netherlands, to a greater degree than their non-honors peers, seek not only academic competence but individual freedom combined with a sense of community.
In "The Reflective Professional Honours Programme of the Dutch Saxion Universities," Trijntje van Dijk describes the six characteristics that define the successful graduate of the honors program for professional students at the Saxion Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.
Looping up Professional Reflection in Honours Programmes" is a companion piece to Trijntje van Dijk's essay on "The Reflective Professional Honours Programme.
School Of Sport, PE & Recreation BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science:Richard Phillip Addis 2nd Class Honours, Division 1 Shelley Badham 2nd Class Honours, Division 2 Louise Marie Barker 2nd Class Honours, Division 2