shot-gun wedding

shotgun wedding

a wedding occasioned or precipitated by pregnancy.
Informal. a compromise, merger, accord, etc., occasioned by necessity: The coalition government was obviously a shotgun wedding.
Also, shotgun marriage.

1925–30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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shotgun wedding
informal a wedding into which one or both partners are coerced, usually because the woman is pregnant

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