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be honor-bound

To be or 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. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I am honor-bound to inform them of your actions.
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Perlimplin exits, telling her he is honor-bound to kill the would-be lover.
(2) In A Red Death Mosley nuances conventions of the hard-boiled private eye genre to the milieu of an urban black protagonist and adheres to the genre's tradition of inner-directed honor-bound heroism.
Hector introduces her to horses; she loves Andromache and Cassandra; and although her loyalties first go to Menelaus and his little son, she also feels honor-bound to do nothing to betray Troy.
White writers don't have a sense of duty, and are not honor-bound to show African Americans in all their true brilliance, wit and insight.
presidential retreat Camp David in Maryland at the end of June, the two leaders talked about the 1952 film, comparing themselves to the lone, stoic and honor-bound marshal played by Cooper.
But -- and here's the big but -- if baths arid sex clubs are found to be hot spots, fostering new infections and a resurgent AIDS epidemic, then groups that claim to care about AIDS prevention would be honor-bound to stop new ones from opening and to campaign to shut down the ones that already exist.
Yet honor-bound stoic that he was, Will found it in him to maintain the family fortune.
Thus he is honor-bound according to his father's teaching to supply NO with the golf balls.
We felt honor-bound to mirror the developing rifts in the New York art world.
Nor does it mean that every new CEO should be honor-bound to come up with a new long-range plan during his first year in office.
The films in the "Dhoom" series, Bollywood's most successful action-adventure franchise, have always been more about the swashbuckling glamour of the daredevil villains than about the stiff, humorless, honor-bound cops who chase them, This is more the case than ever in "Dhoom: 3," which is dominated completely by charismatic superstar Aamir Khan, who digs into the bruised psyche of Sahir Iqbal, a revenge-seeking master circus artist who uses stage tricks to pull off a series of seemingly impossible bank robberies.
The swordsmen despised courtiers: far from being "sons of Mars," they were "nephews of Venus." During the first half of the seventeenth century, hundreds of thousands of English, Scots, Irish, and Welsh went overseas to fight as mercenaries, providing a well-trained cadre of veterans for the armies of the "War of the Three Kingdoms." But those wars were not won by the honor-bound, slightly romantic, socially climbing "swordsmen," but by Oliver Cromwell's plain russet-coated captains who both knew and loved that for which they fought.
''High Noon'' tells the tale of a lone, stoic, honor-bound marshal determined to defend his civilized town against barbaric frontier justice.
As such he, in medieval terms, is honor-bound to avenge his father's death.