duty\ bound

adj. phr.
Forced to act by what you believe is right.

Abraham Lincoln walked miles once to return a few pennies that he had overcharged a woman because he felt duty bound to do it.

John felt duty bound to report that he had broken the window.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • duty bound — {adj. phr.} Forced to act by what you believe is right. * /Abraham Lincoln walked miles once to return a few pennies that he had overcharged a woman because he felt duty bound to do it./ * /John felt duty bound to report that he had broken the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • duty-bound — UK / US adjective formal legally or morally responsible for doing something We felt duty bound to challenge the decision …   English dictionary

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