shotgun marriage


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shotgun marriage

A marriage that happens quickly due to an unplanned pregnancy. We knew it was a shotgun marriage when Frank's new wife had a baby five months after the wedding.
See also: marriage, shotgun

a ˌshotgun ˈwedding/ˈmarriage

(old-fashioned, informal) a marriage which takes place because the woman is pregnant
This expression probably refers to the father of a woman, who threatens to shoot the man unless he marries her.
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This shotgun marriage could not have survived without some beneficiaries, notably: the health sector, on which it bestows large implicit subsidies; large employers, to whom it grants a competitive advantage over smaller competitors; and policymakers, on whom it bestows greater importance and a reason to legislate.
The baby-faced 38-year-old has emerged as the most visible critic of the Obama-BP shotgun marriage that has thus far failed to cap the Deepwater Horizon well, accusing the president's team of a sluggish, uncoordinated response to the disaster.
Or perhaps in the euphoria of their shotgun marriage they were not really thinking at all.
Worse, some of them began to assume that ALL women were on it so if they did conceive, then it was their own fault - and, anyway, they'd probably done it deliberately to trap the poor guy into either a shotgun marriage or paying for an unwanted child.
And as for Clr Iqbal's remark that "Dewsbury is in rapid decline with little prospect of regeneration, jobs or investment'' Dewsbury has, in fact, never looked back from the shotgun marriage of 1974 and it and its satellites have been wagging the absurdly-named Kirklees dog since then.
The scars of the shotgun marriage to Freddy Shepherd, and the dysfunctional Toon family, will fade.
This odd composite of a building brings together in a shotgun marriage an abandoned 19th-century brick warehouse, painted white, and an ultra-modernist slab, clad in black glass, that rises above it.
The FDIC sponsored shotgun marriage in turn fell through when Wells Fargo made a better offer.
An unexpected outcome of 151A may include a shotgun marriage between RIAs and B-Ds so RIAs can continue to recommend FIAs.
And speaking of smart moves: When Wachovia's top execs realized that the shotgun marriage the feds had arranged with Citigroup could cost them their collective $225 million severance, they left Citi at the altar and threw themselves into the arms of Wells Fargo.
First Minister Alex Salmond hit out yesterday at "spivs and speculators" whose actions led to one of Scotland's oldest institutions being forced into a shotgun marriage.
Theirs is a shotgun marriage anyway since the governor doesn't select his running mate, voters in party primaries do.
A shotgun marriage of Harris and Eastside could re-create frictions the district hoped to relieve by ending the co-location of alternative and neighborhood schools in a single building.
The American-Iraqi shotgun marriage of convenience, midwifed by disastrous Bush foreign policy, has disintegrated into the marriage from hell.
From the material in Tables 3 and 5, the illegitimacy rate and the shotgun marriage rate are provided.