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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After she and her female counterparts made it to the top within a male-dominated industry, Captain Phatsima felt duty-bound to mentor young people achieve their dream careers in the aviation sector.
After Tuesday morning's news about the abduction of two boys from a Larnaca school most of the parties felt duty-bound to issue statements of the obvious about the case less anyone thought they approved of what happened.
I felt duty-bound to assist in my own little way to encourage him and others like him who are passionate to acquire education.
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But she said she felt duty-bound to expose the force's strategy - which she had complained was unethical and refused to follow.
Calderon must have been so devastated by that shocking revelation, he felt duty-bound to write his Memorias.
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Hartstein also said that it is also possible that the staff at Grenoble hospital felt duty-bound to not place any pressure on the family to transfer Schumacher to another hospital because of the 'clear (but unquantifiable) contribution of medical misjudgment to that prognosis'.
Cllr Priestley said: "I felt duty-bound to make sure we remembered these men, and I think we did them proud.
In a phone interview, Lim said he felt duty-bound to file his resignation after the President publicly berated the BOC for incompetence and corruption.
It is your due to your brazen encouragement (and 25 pence spent every Sunday) that the dirty diggers at NOTW have felt duty-bound to dig up every lurid little story they could get their hands on.
Mrs Cottrell felt duty-bound to draw attention to the unreasonable way she was treated, especially as it was an organisation who pride themselves on equality for people with disabilities.
Reuven Moshkovitz, 82, one of those on board the Irene and a Holocaust survivor told AFP she felt duty-bound to attempt the voyage, which is expected to take around 36 hours.
Rauf 's solicitor, Matthew Berlow, said: "My priority is to act in the best interests of Mr Rauf and I felt duty-bound to pass the letter to the sheriff last week.