behoove (one) to (do something)

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behoove (one) to (do something)

To be a beneficial action for one to take. It behooves him to give his boss two weeks' notice so that he maintains a good professional relationship with her. It would behoove you to call your mother before she hears about your pregnancy from someone else.
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behoove one to do something

Cliché [for someone] to be obliged to do something. It behooves you to apologize to her for how you insulted her. It behooves me to make up for all the help you have given me.
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References in classic literature ?
"Our dear companion Will Stutely hath been taken by that vile Sheriff's men, therefore doth it behoove us to take bow and brand in hand to bring him off again; for I wot that we ought to risk life and limb for him, as he hath risked life and limb for us.
"Now we will lie here in ambush until we can get news, for it doth behoove us to be cunning and wary if we would bring our friend Will Stutely off from the Sheriff's clutches."
While focusing on Trump, it would behoove us to also focus on the titanic moves by the elite right to literally realign society for the long haul: stacking the courts with virulent conservatives, suppressing voter access and gerrymandering districts to control the Congress.
Arab cities today are grappling with various economic and social challenges, "which behoove us to cooperate in order to achieve development goals," said the secretary general of the Kuwait-based Arab Towns Organization (ATO) Ahmad Al-Sabeeh.
He states, "If AI become so advanced that they are competitive with humans, would it behoove us to give them certain rights, protecting them as well as ourselves?
Has the time come when it might behoove us to hitch our wagon, philosophically speaking, to the galaxy as a whole rather than to our run-of-the-mill star and its motley collection of planets (much as we love them)?
So I think it would behoove us to pass this bill, because it is a matter of women's health, and I think in Idaho we have the common sense to see that this is an important procedure for us to protect women and to not go down this path in our health care delivery system"
What is our answer to his question: "How Musical is Man?" Wouldn't it behoove us to explore further the development of personal musical identities of pupil and teacher, as experienced in the safe and encouraging environment of the private studio?--Reviewed by Loran Olsen, NCTM, Port Angeles, Washington
1 In the same interview, when asked about your husband, you said: "It doesn't behoove us to be a public couple." Who the hell speaks like that?
If we want to avoid that which France is beginning to experience, it will behoove us to perhaps reconsider our heritage and traditions and that which we have abandoned or lost and that upon which the entire genius of Western civilization--its education, science, culture and identity and moral underpinning--is based and is wholly dependent on: our Judeo-Christian tradition and worldview.
Chittister writes: "It may behoove us to remember that so engrained were the notions of civil rights in English common law that tampering with them lit the spark of revolution here long before now."
"Does it behoove us to invest the time and dollars it will take to tap that field for a resource that will last us only 2 years?
"It may behoove us to go to court to affirm the legality of those signatures."
Since we have a big stick, it would behoove us to speak more softly.
"It doesn't behoove us to wait until the government mandates become effective."