I left Pete to do the honours, so to say, helped by mamma, of course.
Did not your lordship tell her of the honours you designed me?
Such also was the punishment awarded the famous Jesuit, Girard, who was loaded with honours when he should have got the rope.
As an author he may justly claim the honours of magnanimity.
Judging myself, I fear it was so when I took the work in hand; not that I cared for the money or the honours to come from it.
It was clear that Nancy was painfully trying to do the honours.
These honours were bestowed by the King in person at an investiture held in the Ulster Hall in the afternoon.
And it is for this that men have paid her honours which were the portion only of the gods!
The latter replies that he does not want treasures or honours, but a diploma drawn up in legal form.
These bets were on the turn-up, the colour, the “honours,” or the “odd trick.”
c.1200, "glory, renown, fame earned," from Anglo-French honour, Old French honor (Modern French honneur), from Latin honorem (nominative honos, later honor) "honor, dignity, office, reputation," of unknown origin. Till 17c., honour and honor were equally frequent; the former now preferred in England, the latter in U.S. by influence of Noah Webster's spelling reforms. Meaning "a woman's chastity" first attested late 14c. Honors "distinction in scholarship" attested by 1782. Honor roll in the scholastic sense attested by 1872. To do the honors (1650s) originally meant the customary civilities and courtesies at a public entertainment, etc.
mid-13c., honuren, "to do honor to," from Old French honorer, from Latin honorare, from honor (see honor (n.)). In the commercial sense of "accept a bill due, etc.," it is recorded from 1706. Related: Honored; honoring.
A custom more honoured in the breach than the observance. Whoever will look up the passage (Hamlet I. iv. 16) will see that it means, beyond a doubt, a custom that one deserves more honour for breaking than for keeping: but it is often quoted in the wrong & very different sense of a dead letter or rule more often broken than kept. [Fowler]