do the right thing


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do the right thing

To act or behave correctly, appropriately, or with the best intentions. We are none of us perfect; I just try to do the right thing and let other people live as they wish.
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do the right thing

COMMON If you do the right thing, you do what is morally right in a situation. I know I can rely on you to do the right thing.
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do the right thing

marry a woman you have made pregnant in order to avoid a scandal. informal euphemistic
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do the — thing

engage in the particular form of behaviour typically associated with someone or something. informal, chiefly North American
1999 Tim Lott White City Blue I was going to ask Tony there, oil us all with a few bevvies, and then do the best-man thing.
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The goal is to reach the hearts and minds of our employees to do the right thing in their language, wherever they are around the world.
The old debate about whether it is better to do the right thing for the wrong motive or the wrong thing for the right motive can be superceded by doing the right thing for the right motive!
For example, this handbook states, "Excellence in all we do directs us to develop a sustained passion for the continuous improvement and innovation that will propel the Air Force into a long-term, upward spiral of accomplishment and performance." Self-discipline lessons, in conjunction with integrity lessons, teach cadets that they must do the right thing, even when no one is looking.
"Beyond any shadow of doubt, everybody wants to do the right thing," he said.
But, as Do The Right Thing proved, tackling such issues unsettles audiences, a risk most filmmakers never run.
The inference behind the legislation is that the industry is not doing anything about recycling, so the government will force them to do the right thing. It seems the industry was doing the right thing without government interference 50 years ago when it's estimated the industry used over 600 million pounds a year of reclaim.