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noblesse obligé

Altruistic, honorable behavior or deeds that are an assumed responsibility of people of nobility or, more broadly, economic privilege. Taken from French, literally meaning "nobility obligates." The president of the tech megacorporation seems fixated on noblesse obligé these days, seemingly spending more time doing volunteer and charity work than actually running his own company.
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Much obliged.

Rur. Thankful and owing a debt of gratitude. A: Sit down, Elmer, and have a drink on me. B: Much obliged.
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oblige someone by something

to accommodate someone by doing something. Please oblige me by closing the window. Would you oblige me by accompanying me to the dance?
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oblige someone to do something

to require someone to do something. You are obliged to arrive on time and enter by the side door. The lateness of the hour obliged Tony to enter by the back door.
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oblige someone with something

to accommodate someone with something. He obliged her with a willing attitude. Please oblige me with a big piece of cake.
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noblesse oblige

privilege entails responsibility.
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In cases where bankbooks are stolen, the rules would oblige banks to fully reimburse depositors if the holders of the bankbooks are not at fault.
The amendment obliges shoko lenders to explain the serious implications of the so-called "underlying guarantee clause" by sending relevant documents to guarantors.
The Bulgarian National Radio has reported that on Wednesday the Bulgarian Parliament adopted amendments, which oblige banks to notify their clients for changes in the interest rate on deposit as well.
And his neighbour in the Rhondda, MP Chris Bryant, has urged Mr Murdoch to review a price hike for Sky Sports that will oblige clubs and pubs to pay pounds 350 each annually, compared to pounds 100 apiece last year.
Although the indictment will formally oblige Western governments and other authorities to seek the arrest of Milosevic, it is unclear whether they will energetically pursue that aim.
And Mulraney admitted he was happy to oblige any club that wanted to pay to utilise the club's synthetic pitch facility.
Members were also against a new amendment to the Cassation Court that would oblige the appointment of a judge to look into appeal cases to see whether they are valid or not before a hearing.
MEP Simon Coveney (EPP-ED, Ireland), in a meeting with members of his political group on 1 March, claimed that the future regulation on roaming tariffs should oblige operators to automatically send their customers an SMS informing them of the cost of calls when they cross from one member state to another.
The Financial Supervisory Agency (FSA) plans to oblige life and nonlife insurance companies to disclose the same information on their bad loans as banks are required to, agency sources said Friday.
Instead of having a line of different colour buildings and homes that are eyesores, we will now have a colour code that would oblige people moving into a new neighbourhood to follow," said Mr Al Ghatam.
In a press statement, Mayahi stated that "the news we receive from Syria oblige us to feel worried, but we are astonished to the role of UN observers there".
He would go to endless lengths to oblige you and anything he did, he did well.