fortune-hunting love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The seeking of a fortune by marriage.


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  • This true story of a mid-18th century English heiress duped into a marriage with an abusive, masochistic, fortune-hunting monster is jaw-droppingly fascinating.

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  • Asked whether she herself attracted envy from fortune-hunting ladies—Grandy Jersey was one of the richest men in England—Virginia sounds surprised.

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  • Mike encounters Sally, who has tired of the fortune-hunting prince and of being a press target.

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  • An Anatol arrives -- the fortune-hunting son of the lover, now dead -- who promptly seduces Erika and gets her pregnant.

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  • In scuttling Catherine Sloper's engagement to a fortune-hunting scoundrel, her father not only "breaks the spring" of all affection in her but also deprives her of the opportunity to have children (and himself to have descendants).

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  • The singer in the shower with a little boy (exonerated); the down-on-his-luck actor charged with the shooting death of his fortune-hunting wife (also exonerated); and the drug-addled 1960s record producer charged in the point-blank murder of a has-been (or never-was) actress and music club hostess he picked up one night for a little action.

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  • She allows herself to lose sight of morality when she tacitly approves of Mr. Wickham's fortune-hunting behavior simply because he's flattered her with his attentions.

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  • Baffled hitherto in my matrimonial schemes, I began to question my talents for the science of fortune-hunting, and to bend my thoughts towards some employment under the government.

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  • Roger Carbury said well that it was very improbable that he and his cousin, the widow, should agree in their opinions as to the expedience of fortune-hunting by marriage.

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  • Whatever may turn up I do not think I shall go fortune-hunting again.

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