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breach of promise

noun, Law.
a violation of one's promise, especially of a promise to marry a specific person.
Origin of breach of promise
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In a nebulous kind of way he began to understand that the girl had come to consult the firm about a breach-of-promise action.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • She even hinted once—only once, but it was enough—at a breach-of-promise suit and damages.

    The Rescue Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • A girl with money like you is just the subject for a breach-of-promise case.

    A Crooked Path Mrs. Alexander
  • And theyd all bring lawsuits and breach-of-promise acts against me, because I did let them the rooms.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • He appeared to have reached high pressure or breach-of-promise point with some inmate of every cottage on the road.

  • No jury could have muleted him one cent for damages in a breach-of-promise case, and he knew it.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • This was in 1632, and is undoubtedly the first breach-of-promise case that had occurred in the colony.

    Curiosities of History William W. Wheildon
  • I'm no breach-of-promise lady—Chops and tomato sauce indeed!

  • That belongs to yellow-backed penny-dreadfuls and Sunday supplement tales of breach-of-promise suits.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • David, old boy, this picture would make a good exhibit in a breach-of-promise suit.

British Dictionary definitions for breach-of-promise

breach of promise

(law) (formerly) failure to carry out one's promise to marry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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