From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe a matter of principlebe a matter of principleto be something that you feel you must or must not do, because of your moralprinciplesShe couldn’t take the money. It was a matter of principle. →matter
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be a matter of principle• Dessertis a matter of principle here.• It was a matter of principle.• First, there are matters of principle.• They might have gone higher but this is a matter of principle.• It seemed, as much as anything, to be a matter of principle.