shotgun marriage

noun

Definition of shotgun marriage 

1 : a marriage forced or required because of pregnancy

called also shotgun wedding

2 : a forced union a spate of brokerage mergers … hastily arranged shotgun marriages— John Brooks

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The Warriors have forced shotgun marriages like Paul and Harden, and right now, those two players have helped push Golden State the furthest in a playoff series since Durant joined the team. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Whatever Happens Next, Chris Paul Made the Right Decision to Join Rockets," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of shotgun marriage

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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