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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1929

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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