honor bound


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(in) honor bound (to do something)

Having an obligation (to do something) because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I am honor bound—I wouldn't be able to live with myself to ignore a crime. I knew it would cost me my job, but I felt in honor bound to tell them that the data breach was my fault.
See also: bound, honor

honor bound

Obliged by one's personal integrity, as in She was honor bound to admit that it was her work and not her sister's. Also see on one's honor.
See also: bound, honor

honor bound

Under an obligation enforced by the personal integrity of the one obliged: I was honor bound to admit that she had done the work.
See also: bound, honor
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The trainer insisted after her Lingfield triumph some cut in the ground would be important if Honor Bound were to make the trip to Epsom, but he does not see that being a problem.
However, Beckett will wait until after next week's recognised trials at York and Newbury before deciding whether to supplement Honor Bound for the big race.
Obama pointed out that Steelers president Art Rooney II had backed him in the presidential campaign, so he felt honor bound to back the Pennsylvania city team.
While trade will be the focus of the China visit, Clark was quoted by Radio NZ as saying she is honor bound to raise the issue of Tibet with the Chinese premier.
David Fidanque, ACLU of Oregon executive director, will lead the panel discussion as a follow-up to issues raised in the play "Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom" that was performed Feb.
At least that's what the makers of Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom seem to have decided.
If it was wrong, then we are honor bound to find out, and cover the story why, and official Washington, I believe, is honor bound to find out why, because it is imperative in the future when any president, Democrat or Republican, goes to the country and goes to the world and says 'We have incontrovertible evidence that, in fact, North Korea or Iran has weapons of mass destruction,' that their word be believed.
His Bech books have been gathered in an omnibus volume called The Complete Henry Bech, "so I'm honor bound not to write any more.
The dominant public image of prisoners in the Vietnam War is undoubtedly that of downed American airmen being held at the Hanoi Hilton, the Hoa Lo prison in the North Vietnamese capital; but Honor Bound also covers the satellite facilities in the country as well as the circumstances of captives held in Laos and Cambodia and the especially unfortunate prisoners confined on the move in remote parts of South Vietnam.