feel duty bound to (do something)

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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

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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After his harrowing time as a soldier, why does Rick still feel duty-bound to protect Resurrection?
I'm a little bit nervous, but I feel duty-bound to go.
They both said that under this present situation of the peace process, we realized and feel duty-bound to strengthen and consolidate our unity and our people under the blessings of universal brotherhood for the common good and interest of all.
Did the deputies, who feel duty-bound to take moral stands on the most trivial issues, really need the Attorney-General's advice to decide whether Georghadji is in the wrong?
Far better using the drip,drip method that is seen in some quarters - such as the overly ambitious anti-smoking brigade - as a huge success, despite the monumental loss of revenue in pubs and clubs across the land, caught on the hop without smoking areas in place, and untold thousands of working hours lost by employers who feel duty-bound to service the smokers wanting their nicotine fix to get them through their shift.
Palestinian resistance movements active in Syria announced this week that after Syria openly welcomed and hosted the Palestinian refugees and movements, now these movements feel duty-bound to defend the Syrian soil and people.
And the Gunners will feel duty-bound to adopt a positive attitude as they bid to close the four-point gap between them and fourth-placed Tottenham.
Given media reports in Sydney I feel duty-bound to comment on a matter that I feel would have best been kept confidential but now seems to be growing into a media frenzy," explained Giants managing director Richard Thewlis.
As A YOUNG Bahraini pursuing a career in aviation management, I feel duty-bound to comment on the recent hullaballoo, eminently covered on this paper, regarding the ongoing crisis in our national carrier.
We feel duty-bound to listen to the concerns raised by doctors, nurses, midwives and esteemed professional bodies like the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nurses of Midwifery who have "sustained concerns" particularly over the proposal to send any baby who is born more than 16-weeks prematurely to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral for treatment.
During an appearance on the CNBC program "Squawk Box," Christie said he would feel duty-bound to entertain a potential offer from the Republicans' apparent nominee.
There is pressure on GPs and many feel duty-bound to continue the out-of-hours service, but they are finding it more and more difficult to sustain that.
There's just the one exception, which I feel duty-bound to report.
However, with this being the FA Cup, Blyth may feel duty-bound to their history which is renown for their exploits in the competition.
However, we feel duty-bound to deny this particular story, lest members be fleeced of their hard-earned.