- morally obliged as a matter of duty
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That we know Earp not as a confidence man but as a duty-bound law officer was his most enduring and successful confidence game.The Wyatt Earp Myth: America’s Most Famous Vigilante Wasn’t
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He was duty-bound, he said, to follow the gospel of helping the least among them.What Catholics Think of Pope Francis
March 15, 2013
The Starks are fatalistic, duty-bound, honorable but kind of unsophisticated.Who Represents?
February 19, 2013
He preaches his message with characteristic urgency, casting himself as a duty-bound martyr.The Next Oprah?
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As a rule, parents think themselves in duty-bound to take their boys to the seaside for these holidays.John Bull, Junior
Old Marster fooled us to believe we was duty-bound to stay with him till we was all twenty-one.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
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But to everything Pan Stanislav answered: “A fish, a duty-bound fish.”Children of the Soil