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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
Mr. Pitt was out of town when Sir Arthur Wellesley reached London (September, 1805); but, as a duty bound, he immediately called officially on Lord Castlerasgh at the Colonial Office. (Aldington’s “The Duke”)
as in duty bound, I … = I consider it my duty to …
as in duty bound, I .. = how my duty enjoins me to do it
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Perhaps items 1-3 of the following reference are the best explanation that I could suggest:
duty bound - definition of duty bound by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
du·ty (dt, dy-)n. pl. du·ties 1. An act or a course of action that is required of one by position, social custom, law, or religion: Do your duty to your country.
2. a. Moral obligation: acting out of duty.
b. The compulsion felt to meet such obligation.
3. A service, function, or task assigned to one, especially in the armed forces: hazardous duty.
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