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bounden duty

old-fashioned Some duty or task one feels obligated to perform or undertake. She considered it her bounden duty to expose the corruption in her company. The president said in his address that the country has a bounden duty to help other nations in need.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

a bounden duty

a responsibility regarded by yourself or others as obligatory.
Bounden as the past participle of bind is now archaic in all contexts and is seldom found except in this phrase.
See also: bounden, duty
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

bounden duty

A firm obligation. The adjective bounden, which survives only in this cliché, means being indebted to someone. The term dates from the early 1500s and appears in the Book of Common Prayer: “We beseech Thee to accept this our bounden duty and service.” See also duty bound.
See also: bounden, duty
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Though the greatest challenge lies in apprehending the accused, Sethi states that it is her bounden duty to protect the city women against sexual and other heinous crimes.
It may not have been the most efficient system but it worked and its bounden duty was to serve the national interest, not profiteering shareholders.
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