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white wedding

A traditional wedding held in a church in which the bride wears a white gown. After watching my sister stress over all the details of her white wedding, I decided to elope—in just a plain blue dress, no less! After all the white weddings in our family, Ted wants to get married in the back yard—can you believe it?
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knobstick wedding

A hasty (and sometimes forced) marriage due to the bride's pregnancy. Primarily heard in UK. If Lady Anne is indeed pregnant, there will need to be a knobstick wedding at once.
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shotgun wedding

A wedding that happens quickly due to an unplanned pregnancy. After finding out she was pregnant, Gina and Tom had a shotgun wedding.
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dance at someone's wedding

to celebrate in honor of someone at someone's wedding. I will dance at your wedding—if you invite me, of course. If you think I will dance at your wedding, you had better be nicer to me!
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Dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage.

 and Dream of a funeral and you hear of a wedding.
Prov. If you dream that a person has died, you will learn that person is to be married. Alan: I had a dream last night that my sister was killed. Jane: Dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage.
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shotgun wedding

Fig. a forced wedding. (From imagery of the bride's father having threatened the bridegroom with a shotgun to force him to marry the bride because he made her pregnant.) Mary was six months pregnant when she married Bill. It was a real shotgun wedding. Bob would never have married Jane if she hadn't been pregnant. Jane's father saw to it that it was a shotgun wedding.
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a shotgun wedding

  (British, American & Australian old-fashioned) also a shotgun marriage (American old-fashioned)
a marriage that is arranged very quickly because the woman is going to have a baby After a shotgun wedding at 20, she had 3 children before divorcing from her husband.
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be like a spare prick at a wedding

  (British taboo, humorous)
to feel silly because you are present at an event but no one needs you and no one is talking to you Everyone else there had come with their partners and I was left feeling like a spare prick at a wedding.
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your wedding tackle

  (British humorous)
a man's sexual organs He wears special padding to protect his wedding tackle.
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Shotgun wedding

An agreement or compromise made through necessity, as in Since neither side won a majority, the coalition government was obviously a shotgun wedding . This expression alludes to a marriage precipitated by a woman's pregnancy, causing her father to point a literal or figurative gun at the responsible man's head. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
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shotgun wedding

n. a forced wedding, presumably because the bride is pregnant. It was a shotgun wedding, but they sure are in love.
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You can’t dance at two weddings

sent. You cannot do two things at once. Either go to the beach with Fred or stay here with me. You can’t dance at two weddings.
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shotgun wedding

A wedding made compulsory by bride's pregnancy. At a time and in social circles where a baby's illegitimacy stigmatized both mother and child, something had to be done, and in a hurry. As soon as his unwed daughter broke the news of her pregnancy and the father-to-be's unwillingness to marry her, the father grabbed his shotgun off the wall. With such motivation, the young man was forced to accompany the young lady to the nearest preacher or justice of the peace to make her an honest woman. The phase is sometimes used to describe business mergers made only for reasons of expediency.
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References in classic literature ?
However, the village wedding at which I suddenly found myself a spectator was, for a village, a singularly quiet one.
But now, let young and old declare, which of us has come hither without a wedding garment, the bridegroom or the bride
Agathon Carver, who had nearly succeeded in enlisting her as a recruit for the Valley of Love; and in the circumstances no one had expected either of the ladies to return for the wedding.
First and last, this wedding would cost a pretty penny.
Instead of any of them turn backward--oh, turn backward and give us just a teeny-weeny bit of our wedding trip over again.
I'm too happy to care what anyone says or thinks, and I'm going to have my little wedding just as I like it.
For Antonia and me, the story of the wedding party was never at an end.
He meant to stop at the wedding on his way to New York and endeavor by every means which money and love could devise to atone somewhat for Edna's incomprehensible action.
Pray heaven she may be true to him and the wedding be a gay one 'back i' the town
THEIR sister's wedding day arrived; and Jane and Elizabeth felt for her probably more than she felt for herself.
Poyser's, and most of those who had a holiday appeared in their best clothes at the wedding.
The celebrity of the bride's name attracted attention, and the spectators seemed to wonder that the wedding was not more sumptuous.
I have determined, therefore, to call upon you and to consult you in reference to the very painful event which has occurred in connection with my wedding.
When he grew to manhood, Quelala, as he was called, was said to be the best and wisest man in all the land, while his manly beauty was so great that Gayelette loved him dearly, and hastened to make everything ready for the wedding.
Then the wedding was held with great pomp, but as the train came from the church, and passed with the torches before the hall, a very small ray of light fell upon the prince.