marry beneath (oneself)

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marry beneath (oneself)

To marry someone who is of a lower social class or standing than oneself. A: "I hear that Mr. Sullivan plans to marry a local fishmonger's daughter." B: "Why would a man of his esteem marry beneath himself like that?" Janet has a bright future with one of the best law firms in town, so it's beyond me why she's marrying beneath herself with some fast food worker.
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The warning to the aforementioned wife of Pc Bradley was delivered by her snooty parents who thought she had married beneath herself.
She said: "My mother married beneath herself and got disowned, so the title was taken away and when she died it was given to me.