it behoves (one) to (do something)

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it behoves (one) to (do something)

It is proper or necessary for one to do something; it is one's obligation or duty to do something. (The spelling "behoove" is more common in American English.) Primarily heard in UK. It behoves him to give his boss two weeks' notice so that he maintains a good professional relationship with her. It behoves you to call your mother before she hears about your pregnancy from someone else.
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