debt of honour

debt of honour

n
a debt that is morally but not legally binding, such as one contracted in gambling
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I want to pay a little debt of honour that is rather pressing," and Steve put on a mannish air that was comical to see.
I felt that this was a debt of honour, and that I could hardly bring myself to the point of even trying to enter school again till it was paid.
"Henry wants to remind children that the debt of honour they owe to First World War solders should never be forgotten," said Dennis Goodwin, of the First World War Veterans' Association.
Ours, the present, and future generations owe a debt of honour to Harry and his generation who lived through the horrors of mass unemployment, the dread and insecurity of illhealth, squalid housing, wage cuts, the cruelty of the means test, all under the stewardship of a Coalition or Tory Government.
Said he: 'Accordingly, as a debt of honour to the teeming populace, government has considered and approved the creation, upgrading and restoration of new chiefdoms in the state.'
This is a debt of honour, please put it right before it's too late for the people who invested in their old age and in some cases for their grandchildren's education - why should we be robbed?
Addressing his comrades, club trustee Dr Sandy Saunders said: "A debt of honour is owed to the excellence of surgical expertise which restored my body to health and cheerful spirit of valiant men who taught me to endure my treatment."
Addressing his comrades during the ceremony, club trustee Dr Sandy Saunders said: "A debt of honour is owed to the excellence of surgical expertise which restored my body to health and cheerful spirit of valiant men who taught me to endure my treatment."
From there it was a debt of honour to make sure that Hull returned to the top that Bruce has repaid in full.
DEBT OF HONOUR J Regiment from Dunbar liberated Narni in WWII
However, the RFFF claim only the Fifers deserve what they are calling "a debt of honour to a club of honour".