(in) honor bound (to do something)

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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

(in) honour bound

obliged by your sense of honour.
See also: bound, honour

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
References in classic literature ?
But I felt in honor bound to tell them, that during the last six months of his life, the admiral had occasionally let fall expressions of impatience in my hearing, which led to the conclusion that he was annoyed by a private responsibility of some kind.
But Anna's aunt had through a common acquaintance insinuated that he had already compromised the girl, and that he was in honor bound to make her an offer.
But we are honor bound to go back and have them out or see it through with them.
Beckett is keen to assess the outcome of the other Oaks trials at York and Newbury this week before committing Honor Bound to Epsom.
Christian Maeder, representing the building owners, Erste Group, explained: The preliminary certification is a binding declaration of intent and means we are honor bound to follow the path we have chosen through to the end.
As a partner they are honor bound to advise partners of pitfalls in not having a balanced strategy.
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.
Paymer says that each time he or Tom cussed, they were honor bound to deposit a dollar into a swear cup.
is that as soon as you've established an investigator-investigatee relationship, you're honor bound to use that relationship to maximize the safety of the participant, and that means teaching them how not to come into any contact with the virus.