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special licence

(Brit) a licence permitting a marriage to take place by dispensing with the usual legal conditions
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  • We should be in London in the morning, and Jack would apply for a special licence as early as possible.

    The Motor Maid Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  • An ordinary or special licence can also be granted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Was her human pity to be limited to women and children and cases of special licence, or pass current merely under chaperonage?

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • And it only just came short of a prompt marriage by special licence.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • I'll have a special licence ready, and the day you land again on this side you shall be Lady Custance, darling!

    The Air Pirate Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Among these things was a special licence, which he had procured that morning in town.

    Hester, Volume 3 (of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • A special licence in my name would stop one of van Heerden's paths to easy money.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • They drove to the Australian, and a week later were married by special licence.

  • I have procured a special licence, and we can be married right away.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • I should get a special licence in London and marry her at once.

    Under False Pretences Adeline Sergeant

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