marriage of convenience


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marriage of convenience

A legal marriage that happens primarily or solely for practical purposes, rather than love or to establish a family. Any couple suspected of entering into a marriage of convenience to bypass the need for work permits may be investigated by immigration and have their marriage license revoked at any time. Back when homosexuality was illegal, many gay men and women entered into marriages of convenience to protect them from public scrutiny.
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marriage of convenience

a marriage concluded to achieve a practical purpose.
This expression was used by Joseph Addison in the early 18th century, translating the French mariage de convenance , which has itself been current in English since the mid 19th century.
1949 George Bernard Shaw Buoyant Billions The proportion of happy love marriages to happy marriages of convenience has never been counted.
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