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Difference between Call of duty and Duty call

call of dutysmth. that a person is required to do by one’s moral or social obligations:

  • It was cruel of me to ask him to recount the events of the fateful day but it was the call of duty.

Cf.: (above and) beyond the call of duty—doing much more than should normally be expected of one (originally of heroic police officers, fire fighters, etc.):

  • The deep level of care and compassion that was demonstrated to me was beyond the call of duty.

duty calla visit undertaken as a duty or as part of one’s social obligations:

  • They had accepted a dinner invitation over in Arlington—a duty call, as Andy termed it.