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duty bound

Obliged, as in You're duty bound to help your little brother. [ c. 1900 ]
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  • I followed my master as in duty bound, and behind us stalked fifty more silent Scots.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • And he concludes this doleful story with the question, "What am I in duty bound to do?"

    Tea Leaves Various
  • The premise is inaccurate; it is a war we are in duty bound to wage at any rate till order is restored—but let that pass.

    Problems of Expansion Whitelaw Reid
  • They had tried to smuggle, and we, as in duty bound, had stopped them.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • The piety which Lamartine felt in duty bound to display is less offensive, because more sincere, in the ode entitled L'Immortalit.

  • He had sent on before, as in duty bound, to announce their coming.

    The Settlers William H. G. Kingston
  • The first that befell them, as in duty bound, was that from the Vicar.

    That Stick Charlotte M. Yonge
  • As soon as I got my breath I shouted, as in duty bound, 'Keep on, boys!'

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • "I will give you every explanation you require, as in duty bound," replied the earl.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds

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