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.
See also: shotgun, wedding
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WE all know it was a shotgun marriage when Dewsbury and Huddersfield were forced together for local government purposes to form Kirklees Council.
A shotgun marriage in more ways than one, the result leans heavily on a large, semi-familiar supporting cast who alternately recite well-known speeches from movies and plays and shoot their way into and out of criminal scrapes.
By taking this action, the board of directors and executive management has once again revealed their lack of business judgment and disregard for the shareholders, employees and retirees of Wheeling-Pitt by entering into a shotgun marriage.
And they have given us a 20/20 view into the realities of health care, circa 1997, when medicine and economics unite in a shotgun marriage.