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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Barbara Kirby's Mrs Bradman is another oddity playing the role with a twangy accent from a different class structure all together and therefore quite different from the one we see before us, all of which led me to believe that Dr Bradman had obviously married beneath himself whilst Joanne Riding as Ruth Condomine seemed occasionally to be in another play altogether.