duty calls

duty calls

A phrase used to indicate that one must return to work or do a particular task. Well, it was nice chatting with you, but duty calls—I've got to get back to those spreadsheets.
See also: call, duty

duty ˈcalls

used to say that you must do something that cannot be avoided, especially when you have to stop doing something pleasant: Ah, duty calls, I’m afraid — I really must go and finish off those letters.
See also: call, duty
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They live at peace with all their fellows, except when duty calls upon them to make war, while we are at peace with none; forever warring among our own kind as well as upon the red men, and even in our own communities the individuals fight amongst themselves.
Lucy went out, visiting with her mother, and as they were only duty calls, I did not go.
"To be with you, Bertrade of Montfort," he said boldly, "I would forego any other pleasure, and endure any privation, or face any danger, but there are others who look to me for guidance and my duty calls me away from you.
And mind you, I don't talk to you as a common character, because you have served your country and you know that when duty calls we must obey.
'My duty called me to the Lobby when our shop shut up; and I saw him there, sir,' Mr Tappertit replied, as he and his lieutenants took their seats.
My days and nights have all been passed there since we separated, because I thought that duty called me thither.
With that thought in his heart, he had gone where his duty called him.
When duty calls, the men and women of Maine answer willingly and courageously.
" Service Commanders may exempt expectant soldiers from certain duties on humanitarian grounds, but this is a private arrangement, she explains.DUTY CALLS"You must realise that your family comes first with you, but when duty calls, you must be willing to separate your personal life from your private life.
Yet duty calls for Swedish night watchman Mickel Cardell, who laboriously hauls his war-wounded body off to retrieve a drowned carcass.
But the Philippines' naturalized player Andray Blatche is right by it and ready to answer when national team duty calls.
The President made the donation last Friday, as part of his government's efforts and commitment to making police patrols more mobile and getting the police everywhere when duty calls.
But when duty calls, they are like Clark Kent removing glasses and suit at the speed of light to reveal Superman, Diana Prince spinning around to transform into Wonder Woman.
In a statement released on his Instagram page, Davido wrote : 'I apologise to all my fans but duty calls. I promise new dates would be announced for Houston Dallas LA and San Francisco We will reschedule and add more dates.
When joining the royal family, duty calls quite often-sometimes including on one's birthday.