|informal a wedding into which one or both partners are coerced, usually because the woman is pregnant|
|Main Entry:||shotgun wedding|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||a marriage of necessity, often hurried due to pregnancy; also, a marriage that is part of a deal or accord; also called shotgun marriage|
An agreement or compromise made through necessity, as in Since neither side won a majority, the coalition government was obviously a shotgun wedding. This expression alludes to a marriage precipitated by a woman's pregnancy, causing her father to point a literal or figurative gun at the responsible man's head. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.