shotgun wedding

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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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
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  1. n.
    a forced wedding, presumably because the bride is pregnant. : It was a shotgun wedding, but they sure are in love.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Shotgun wedding

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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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