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honor-bound

[on-er-bound] /ˈɒn ərˈbaʊnd/
adjective
1.
bound by or placed under the obligation of honor:
She felt honor-bound to defend her friend.
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  • Bob wanted to be truthful; not to say too much or too little; only just as much as he was in honor bound to say.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • Their friends and chieftains are honor bound to cut your throat!

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • But before we talk any more about it I feel myself in honor bound to tell you what has happened to me lately.

    A Man of Honor George Cary Eggleston
  • He was in honor bound, because ordinarily he would have accepted with alacrity.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • But those who gave presents and money were in honor bound not to ask questions or even discuss the matter among themselves.

  • He is honor bound to protect the good name of this great country by asking an investigation of these charges.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • His stepmother has been loaning him money ever since, and he is in honor bound to repay her as soon as possible.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The Republican party feels in honor bound to protect all citizens, white and black.

Idioms and Phrases with honor bound

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
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