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be duty bound

To be obligated or expected to do something. Now that our parents are dead, I'm duty bound to care for my siblings. As a parent, you are duty bound to protect your child.
See also: bound, duty

be honor-bound to (do something)

To be or feel obliged to do something because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity, even if one does not desire to do so. Primarily heard in US. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I am honor-bound to inform them of your actions.

feel duty bound to (do something)

To feel obliged to do something because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity, even if one does not desire to do so. Primarily heard in US. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I feel duty bound to inform them of your actions.
See also: bound, duty, feel

feel honor-bound to (do something)

To feel obliged to do something because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity, even if one does not desire to do so. Primarily heard in US. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I feel honor-bound to inform them of your actions.
See also: feel

be/feel duty/honour ˈbound to do something

(British English) (American English be/feel duty/honor ˈbound to do something) (formal) feel that you must do something because of your sense of moral duty: She felt honour bound to attend as she had promised to.Most people think that children are duty bound to look after their parents when they are old.
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Stating that it considers itself as the second line of defence after the armed forces to serve India, ICPA stated: "We, as Air Indians take pride and feel duty bound towards national interest and pledge our support to the nation and as pilots we consider ourselves as the second line of defence after the armed forces to serve our country."
He said 'We are already counting down to the conduct of the Ekiti State Gubernatorial elections and we feel duty bound to let Nigerians know that we are alarmed at the continuing violence the opposition is perpetrating in the State.
I feel duty bound to congratulate him for the sterling work he does in defence of the 70% of the population who may feel they are being discriminated against by local authorities who appoint personnel on the basis of their inability, unsuitability and lack of qualification to carry out a public service at the tax payer's expense simply because they would rather employ people who happen to be bilingual.
I feel duty bound to plump for something beefy at the odds again and with that in mind Iain Jardine's stayer NAKEETA looks like the type who could oblige at a decent price.
But when something works, I feel duty bound to share the secret.
We should feel duty bound to safeguard the sacrifices of our martyrs.
I'm sure Cheryl has her fans but I feel duty bound to ask ITV one question.
I'm sure Cheryl has her fans, but I feel duty bound to ask ITV one question: If she is even half the national treasure you would have us believe then surely a few more devotees would have bought her last album?
Whether it is a cricket match or testing of missiles, we both feel duty bound to undermine each other.
Andy Murray's victory at the Wimbledon tennis championships has been hailed as the end of "Britain's 77-year national drought." I feel duty bound to point out that England's very proud 77-year winless record in the men's singles remains intact; indeed, it was never in danger.
Either no one will turn up or those who do will feel duty bound to give him a hands-on demonstration of just how Painful Life can be for an insensitive thicko.
The thing is, job offers tend to turn up in clusters and so last Thursday I had the opportunity to work for a Cardiff-based events company, an experience I feel duty bound to share as it could serve as a guide for all those facing their own first days on a new job.
At the risk of sounding like an old codger, I feel duty bound to make the following comment: "They don't make 'em like they used to."
Leonardo has the option of deploying a couple of combative defensive midfielders such as Gennaro Gattuso and Mathieu Flamini in front of the back four, but he will feel duty bound to play an attack-minded team.
I know it's six of one and half a dozen of the other, but Mother does try some back-handed sniping, then I feel duty bound to defend my wife.