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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
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for shotgun wedding

shotgun wedding

noun
1.
(informal) a wedding into which one or both partners are coerced, usually because the woman is pregnant
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Contemporary definitions for shotgun wedding
noun

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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Slang definitions & phrases for shotgun wedding

shotgun wedding

noun phrase

A wedding under duress, esp when the bride is pregnant; a forced marriage; military wedding (1927+)


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Idioms and Phrases with shotgun wedding

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.
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