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 if I ignored 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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"As far as supplementing (Honor Bound) goes, I think we're just going to wait and see what happens during the next week or so.
In "Honor Bound," Sollecito details his first encounter with Knox at a classical music concert at the University for Foreigners, in Perugia, (http://www.timesherald.com/article/20120912/NEWS04/120919883/ap-exclusive-amanda-knox-s-boyfriend-maintains-the-couple-s-innocence-in-new-book) reported the Associated Press , which purchased an advance copy of the book.
Regardless of your personal feelings about Guantanamo Bay, you can sleep well at night knowing that the Service members of JTF Guantanamo are "Honor Bound to Defend Freedom" and committed to protecting U.S.
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.
Guantanamo: 'Honor Bound to Defend Freedom' (P) 45 Bleecker 8/26/04.
At least that's what the makers of Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom seem to have decided.
Family testimonies, together with statements from lawyers, government spokesmen and medical experts are recited word for word in Guantanamo: 'Honor Bound to Defend Freedom', showing at The Tricycle Theatre in north London.
"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." "Four and a half" Rabbit Angstrom books seemed enough, the half being the 182-page story "Rabbit Remembered." "The nicest thing I could do for the Maples would be to leave them alone," he said of the short stories about Richard and Joan Maple, and added: "I've reached an age where I'm sort of packing my bags."
Honor Bound: American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973 by Stuart I.