Definition of do the decent thing in English:

do the decent thing

phrase

  • Take the most honourable or appropriate course of action, even if is not necessarily in one's own interests.

    ‘after his defeat he should do the decent thing and step down’
    • ‘Joanna gets pregnant and Steve does the decent thing; he marries her.’
    • ‘Everyone makes mistakes and when they do, responsible media outlets do the decent thing and retract, apologise and pay damages if necessary.’
    • ‘You should do the decent thing and resign with immediate effect.’
    • ‘Politicians, on the other hand, are not generally known or recognised for doing the decent thing, most especially in the campaign leading up to a general election.’
    • ‘It is high time that all concerned get off their horse and do the decent thing in the interest of the people.’