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shotgun marriage

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(also shotgun wedding)

Definition of shotgun marriage in English:

noun

informal
An enforced or hurried wedding, especially because the bride is pregnant: figurative their vision of Europe is fundamentally different from ours and a shotgun marriage would be in nobody’s interests
More example sentences
  • Fewer pregnant single women are opting for a shotgun wedding, as well.
  • They decided to get married months ago, so it's not a shotgun wedding, guys!
  • The couple didn't so much mind the shotgun wedding, but it created a nightmare of paperwork and legal wrangling.

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