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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Parliament voted to invoke article 50 because it felt honour-bound to respect the referendum result, but while May remains wedded to her red lines it cannot deliver it and the result is a two-year long, democratic crisis.
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He said the Irish thrived in Newcastle and the North East so when war broke out, even though many had built themselves a comfortable life, they felt honour-bound to join up.
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While the hot weather didn't lend itself to a massive feast, Sam felt honour-bound to try the 'small plates' (starters, in old money) at the top of the menu.
And he felt honour-bound to step in when he saw the elderly woman being shown in the building.
To this point, from Kenny Dalglish down, they felt honour-bound to defend him.
It was only after she had got to know that Liu Fei was a decent person that she felt honour-bound to reveal the ghastly truth to her.
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It was at this point that I felt honour-bound to admit that it wasn't mine, that I merely had the use of it for 10 days.
After his meeting with Hariri, Boueiz told reporters he had felt honour-bound to step down after he joined 28 other members of Parliament, including Jumblatt's faction, in voting against the change on Friday.
Our children, 11 and eight, felt honour-bound to test all the activities on offer - there was quad-biking, wall-climbing, archery, trampolining, mountain-biking, abseiling, karting and canoeing, to mention but a few of the 60-plus choices.
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He said the Irish thrived in Newcastle and the North East, so when war broke out, even though many had built themselves a comfortable life, they felt honour-bound to join up.