feel honor-bound to (do something)

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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, to
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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.
See also: bound, duty, feel, honour, something, to
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It was something that I felt honour bound to do and make sure I bounced back.
He felt honour bound to look after a stranger so obviously out of his depth.
'There has been such an overwhelming response from the general public to the terrible disaster that we felt honour bound to try to do something to help,' he said.
Faced with such generosity, I felt honour bound to finish every last delicious morsel.