debt of honour

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debt of honour

n
a debt that is morally but not legally binding, such as one contracted in gambling
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They treat by turns, and I've had ever so many but haven't returned them, and I ought for they are debts of honor, you know.
I know the world is a drawing-room, from which we must retire politely and honestly; that is, with a bow, and our debts of honor paid.
A rough speech, but it pleased Polly better than the smoothest Tom had ever made in her hearing, for something in his face and voice told her that the friendly act had roused a nobler sentiment than gratitude, making the cancelled obligations of the boy, debts of honor to the man.