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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He owed a good deal in town, but his debts of honour were still more formidable.
There were no foreclosures of mortgages, no protested notes, no bills payable, no debts of honour in Typee; no unreasonable tailors and shoemakers perversely bent on being paid; no duns of any description and battery attorneys, to foment discord, backing their clients up to a quarrel, and then knocking their heads together; no poor relations, everlastingly occupying the spare bed-chamber, and diminishing the elbow room at the family table; no destitute widows with their children starving on the cold charities of the world; no beggars; no debtors' prisons; no proud and hard-hearted nabobs in Typee; or to sum up all in one word--no Money
He learned to play heavily at cards and to squander money on the turf, until he had again and again to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his allowance, that he might settle his debts of honour.
He owes debts of honour to gentlemen in his own rank of life, which must positively be paid; and he proposes, in his own friendly manner, to borrow the money of my Lord.
The hitman, who now plays for Second Division Veracruz, said: "Game debts are debts of honour - but I'm going to come out in a rash now.
A controversial choice ahead of Claude Makelele but it is only debts of honour that will prevent the heir apparent from seizing the Chelsea man's throne in Raymond Domenech's side.