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be duty bound

To be obligated or expected to do something. Now that our parents are dead, I'm duty bound to care for my siblings. As a parent, you are duty bound to protect your child.
See also: bound, duty

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.
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I feel that I am duty bound today, to support the Palestinians, who are in the same condition that we were in all those years ago.
In light of that, I am duty bound to enhance the sentence.
I am duty bound to serve my voters with commitment and zeal he added.
I am duty bound to make an application to defer any cross examination .
I am duty bound to raise awareness of my role and the role of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Aggarwala's plea to the CJI said: " I am duty bound to remind you that in the changed scenario, as Justice Sathasivam is part of the executive arm, he is no longer eligible to be appointed Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission.
I am duty bound to deliver justice to you, no injustice will be done," he assured.
As a member of the Jack Whitehall Society, Sir, I am duty bound to serve this with a healthy dose of contempt
I am duty bound to protect those whom you may prey on on social media.
Most of them come by trains with plans to return the same day and I am duty bound to meet them.
He said: "It is a policy of mine dating back over 25 years that once a client de-instructs me I am duty bound to return their fees.
I HAVE been informed that I have been selected to do jury service and told that I am duty bound to take part in this activity.
I am duty bound to listen to those as chairman of the plc.
I tell them that if I was underselling their property I would be the first one to let them know because I am duty bound to get them the best price.
Nevertheless, she told them, "I am duty bound to find you guilty of unlawful entry.