it behooves (one) to (do something)

it behooves (one) to (do something)

It is proper or necessary for one to do something; it is one's obligation or duty to do something. (The spelling "behove" is more common in British English.) It behooves him to give his boss two weeks' notice so that he maintains a good professional relationship with her. It behooves you to call your mother before she hears about your pregnancy from someone else.
See also: behoof, to
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it behooves one to do something

Cliché it is necessary for one to do something; it is incumbent (up)on someone to do something. It behooves me to report the crime. It behooves you to pay for the window that you broke.
See also: behoof, one, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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