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 ?
Taug, always cautious himself, as it behooves one to be who fares up and down the jungle and desires to survive, swung noiselessly into a tree, where he could have a better view of the clearing.
Thus it behooves one to be alert for these kinds of twisted reports, to look at the bigger picture, and to investigate, by talking to Filipinos who are actually living here.
It therefore behooves one to structure one's life, including scheduling of vacations, around looking for this bill in the mail, given the brief time window for complaints.
While news of any Muslim support for the controversial businessman turned politician is bound to raise some eyebrows, the article behooves one to ask: just how many American Muslims support the controversial U.S.
TV shows go to great efforts to look real--the sets look real, the characters seem real, the storylines reflect realistic situations--"and if you're going to go to that effort, it behooves one to think hard about the responsibility one has" to present accurate information to viewers, Baer said.
Typical of semi-autos, it behooves one to run a large quantity of ammunition through the chosen arm prior to selecting a load.