shotgun marriage


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

Examples of shotgun marriage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past the authorities have avoided forcing losses on account-holders after banks have failed, by arranging shotgun marriages with healthy institutions. The Economist, 10 Oct. 2019 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,, 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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“Shotgun marriage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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