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.
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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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In terms of Wales, the situation was that they wanted to see what the evaluation report was like, what the outcome of that was, and they felt duty bound to support Gareth Davies."
I noticed the inclusion of a smartphone audiobook 'free' with this book so felt duty bound to check it out.
It was only afterwards, when I realised it was in the taste test catchment area and because I was so impressed with the place, that I felt duty bound to spread the word of the Michelin guide eatery.
"Through my interest in fiction writing is primarily focused on novel, I felt duty bound to write short stories which require exceptional writing and linguistic talents," he said at a seminar titled "brainstorming on the writer Youssef Ziedan." The seminar was held on the fringe of the 40th Kuwait international book fair which continues until November 28.
HAVING read a comment made by Joe Riley in his column regarding PE/ Performing Arts being a soft Alevel option I felt duty bound to write in (ECHO August 19).
I HAVE been reluctant to enter the fray over Racing For Change's plans to rearrange the fixtures map for autumn 2011, but a statement in the Racing Post so disturbed me that I felt duty bound to express my opinion.
"I felt duty bound to inform him of the information that was given to me.
According to reports, Madrid had approached Wenger with a 10million pound-a-year offer last summer, but he felt duty bound to stay with the Gunners where he earns half that amount.
"Thankfully we didn't have to change into tutus and tights - we kept our suits on-but we felt duty bound to do it," said Mr Rees.
The official had been shopping and felt duty bound to report what she had witnessed as she drove past the taxi, prosecutor Stuart Dunn told Llandudno magistrates.
With the King breathing down his neck, the Mayor felt duty bound to make arrests, and something like 40 Lollard sympathizers were rounded up.
When Calvin heard the reports, he felt duty bound to confess.
But after reading two psychiatric reports, Recorder of Newcastle, Judge David Hodson, said he felt duty bound to impose an indeterminate prison sentence for the public's protection.
He described the Mona Lisa with mustache and goatee as "iconoclastic Dadaism." Forty-four years later, the ruthless purge of beauty led Robert Morris to the point that he felt duty bound to eradicate every bit of aesthetic content from his Litanies--legally.
And having admitted to "feeling a bit bad" about the run-out of his captain Robin Smith, who answered the call for a risky single and never made his ground, White felt duty bound to see out the overs, and almost did.