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shotgun marriage

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A marriage that is forced or necessitated because of pregnancy. Also called shotgun wedding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A marriage beginning with (resulting from) a shotgun wedding.
  • n. A shotgun wedding itself.
  • n. Such marriages, or such weddings, taken collectively.
  • n. Used figuratively.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From shotgun + marriage; compare shotgun wedding.

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