shotgun marriage

shotgun wedding

noun
1.
a wedding occasioned or precipitated by pregnancy.
2.
Informal. a compromise, merger, accord, etc., occasioned by necessity: The coalition government was obviously a shotgun wedding.
Also, shotgun marriage.


Origin:
1925–30, Americanism

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shotgun wedding
 
n
informal a wedding into which one or both partners are coerced, usually because the woman is pregnant

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