make an honest woman of

make an honest woman (out) of (someone)

To marry a woman that one is dating. You've been dating Carrie for quite some time now, Pete. When are you going to make an honest woman out of her?
See also: honest, make, of, woman

make an honest woman of someone

Fig. to marry a woman. (Intended as jocular.) So you finally made an honest woman out of Denise. She had wanted Max to make an honest woman of her, but you can't depend on Max to do anything right.
See also: honest, make, of, woman

make an honest woman of

marry a woman, especially to avoid scandal if she is pregnant. dated or humorous
Honest here originally meant ‘respectable’, but was probably associated with the archaic sense ‘chaste or virtuous’.
See also: honest, make, of, woman