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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!"
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do the honors

To act as a host. Why don't you do the honors and greet people at the door? I'll take their coats.
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be honor-bound

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. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I am honor-bound to inform them of your actions.

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]
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do the honours

1 perform a social duty or small ceremony for others. 2 perform a particular function that is central to the proceedings. informal humorous
2 2007 David Kynaston A World to Build Two men were hanged at Pentonville, with the lugubrious Albert Pierrepoint doing the honours.
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honours are even

there is equality in the contest. British
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(in) honour bound

obliged by your sense of honour.
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roll of honour

1 a list of those who have died in battle. 2 a list of people whose deeds or achievements, typically in sport, are honoured.
See also: honour, of, roll

Scout's honour

used to indicate that you have the honourable standards associated with Scouts, and so will stand by a promise or tell the truth. informal
A Scout is a member of the Scout Association, an organization for boys founded in 1908 by Lord Baden-Powell with the aim of developing their character by training them in self-sufficiency and survival techniques in the outdoors.
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be/feel duty/honour ˈbound to do something

(British English) (American English be/feel duty/honor ˈbound to do something) (formal) feel that you must do something because of your sense of moral duty: She felt honour bound to attend as she had promised to.Most people think that children are duty bound to look after their parents when they are old.

do somebody an ˈhonour

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do somebody the ˈhonour (of doing something)

(formal) do something to make somebody feel very proud and pleased: Would you do me the honour of dining with me?
See also: honour, somebody

have the ˈhonour of something/of doing something

(formal) be given the opportunity to do something that makes you feel proud and happy: May I have the honour of the next dance?
See also: have, honour, of, something

(there is) honour among ˈthieves

(saying) used to say that even criminals have standards of behaviour that they respect
See also: among, honour, thief

in ˈhonour of somebody/something

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in somebody’s/something’s ˈhonour

in order to show respect and admiration for somebody/something: a ceremony in honour of those killed in the explosionA banquet was held in her honour.

on your ˈhonour

(old-fashioned)
1 used to promise very seriously that you will do something or that something is true: I swear on my honour that I knew nothing about this.
2 be trusted to do something: You’re on your honour not to go into my room.
See also: honour, on

be/feel honoured (to do something)

feel proud and happy: I was honoured to have been mentioned in his speech.
See also: feel, honour

do the ˈhonours

(often humorous) perform a social duty or ceremony, such as pouring drinks, making a speech, etc: Harry, could you do the honours? Tom and Angela both want gin and tonic.His father was ill, so Charles did the honours with the welcome speech.
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honours are ˈeven

(British English) no particular person, team, etc. is doing better than the others in a competition, an argument, etc: After a competitive first day of the series, I’d say honours are even.
See also: even, honour

a ˌpoint of ˈhonour

(British English) (American English a ˌpoint of ˈhonor) a thing that somebody considers to be very important for their honour or reputation: His refusal to talk to the press about his private life had always been a point of honour for him.
See also: honour, of, point

your, his, etc. ˌword of ˈhonour

(British English) (American English your, his, etc. ˌword of ˈhonor) used to refer to somebody’s sincere promise: He gave me his word of honour that he’d never drink again.
See also: honour, of, word
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