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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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It behooves each one of us to learn to make our hard-earned money work for us through the various tiers of the investment pyramid (see "Risky Climb," Moneywise, February 2001).
Soon after, Abrams and 74 fellow travelers condemned the ADL in a New York Times ad, complaining: "It ill behooves an organization dedicated to fighting against defamation to engage in defamation of its own.
Sharing data brings such enormous economies of scale that it behooves practices that work together to standardize and integrate their information systems.
It hardly behooves the United States to counsel nuclear continence to promiscuous nations, though Israel for geopolitical reasons happens not to be on our blacklist of delinquents.
It behooves the rest of us to read it to find out what those neophytes are learning.
It behooves recruiters, because of their profession, to know what is happening in an industry.
It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Maybe with the threat of NASCAR's Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway in Fontana taking over this Sunday, it behooves the NBA to get some counter programming.
Clearly, it behooves financial executives to require chief information officers (CIOs) to explain not only how the technology works, but also how it will benefit the company.
Since the cartel says each country can export 70% of its potential--not actual--output, it behooves each to have as much capacity as possible, even if the extra capacity remains unused.
It recommended sex and condoms, as behooves Canada's leading homosexual daily.
And since most employees take their cues from management, it behooves the person in charge to convey all of the company's strategies clearly and properly.
It behooves the landlord or lender to carefully analyze and investigate the creditworthiness of the tenant, its track record and chances of future stability before making a commitment.
Should the machine be idle or need repair, it behooves the operations manager to do everything possible to get it running again.
When the social repercussions of an action are as complex and unpredictable as the link between art and the real world, it behooves the government to err on the side of caution - and stay out.