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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
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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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Wasn't quite ready to leave yet and I really do hate saying goodbyes but duty calls! Next stopPeru!
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