bounden duty

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bounden duty

old-fashioned Some duty or task one feels obligated to perform or undertake. She considered it her bounden duty to expose the corruption in her company. The president said in his address that the country has a bounden duty to help other nations in need.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

a bounden duty

a responsibility regarded by yourself or others as obligatory.
Bounden as the past participle of bind is now archaic in all contexts and is seldom found except in this phrase.
See also: bounden, duty
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

bounden duty

A firm obligation. The adjective bounden, which survives only in this cliché, means being indebted to someone. The term dates from the early 1500s and appears in the Book of Common Prayer: “We beseech Thee to accept this our bounden duty and service.” See also duty bound.
See also: bounden, duty
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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He feels it is his bounden duty to resurrect the ancient spirit of the Church and to deliver its message to the masters.
He had heard that Sir Felix had left College with the character of being little better than a revolutionist in politics and an infidel in religion, and he arrived conscientiously at the conclusion that it was his bounden duty to summon the lord of the manor to hear sound views enunciated in the parish church.
So he was promoted to the long thong of the leading dog, running five feet in advance of all the others: it was his bounden duty to stop all fighting, in harness or out of it, and he wore a collar of copper wire, very thick and heavy.
The Commanding Officer of the ship later read out the Commissioning Warrant pledging his bounden duty in safeguarding the interests of the nation with full of respect and honour.
"Had the President failed to act on the recommendation of the NDRRMC to address the environmental disaster in Boracay, he would have violated his bounden duty under existing laws and the Constitution," he added.
His bounden duty is to protect the interest of his own country above all else.
From top to bottom, every rank and file was avid to receive him, salute him and brief him in depth as of his bounden duty. It was a natural demonstration of love, trust, respect and mutual bond by a body, chemically ready to follow a man who could lead the country to its ultimate destination of shared destiny and Imran Khan is considered a man of such stock by all and sundry.
'Had the President failed to act on the recommendation of the National Council to address the environmental disaster in Boracay, he would have violated his bounden duty under existing laws and the Constitution,' Calida added.
According to the Foreign Minister, Egypt feels his bounden duty to help the Palestinian people and support Palestine in the way of membership in the UN.
He further assured that his bounden duty is to redeem those people who were seriously affected by the past war and conflict and make them to lead a normal and peaceful life.
It becomes his bounden duty then to protect the past and forward the lessons from it to the future.
But what a poor dismissal, trying a cheeky sweep against Anil Kumble when his bounden duty was crease occupation.
Sabbah thus considers it his bounden duty to defend the rights of all the Palestinians, arguing that their rights should be equal to those of the Israelis (p.
Pimentel asked the public to pray for Duterte so that he will 'soon be back on his feet and do his bounden duty to serve the best interests of our people.'
His two senior pros had been 'Warned' in three balls, and it was his bounden duty to shepherd Ian Ward through the next 30 minutes.