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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Historically speaking, when costs are up and rates are down, there's enough financial pressure on carriers to force them into shotgun marriages.
The drastic attempts by a new corporate administration headed by yet another Antipodean import, 'Group Chief Executive' David Moffet, to revitalise the game, or more accurately its finances, by imposing a regional organisation on to the time-hallowed club structure saw historic first class clubs re-badged (like Gwent, essentially Newport, Dragons), forced into shotgun marriages under unfamiliar names (such as the Swansea-Neath Ospreys) or, most criminally, abandoned (like Pontypridd).
Perhaps the most striking evidence comes from the analysis of shotgun marriages.
On the male side, shotgun marriages were coercive and intrusive and often made poor matches.
Shotgun marriages are okay: The once-taboo subject of marriage forced by pregnancy has now been popularized by a rash of celebrities getting pregnant before wedding, reflecting a greater consumer trend where up to 20 percent of children are now the result of pre-marital conception.
That doesn't mean support shotgun marriages, but I do think a child should know who his father is, if it is at all possible.
He's expatiated upon the joys of teenage shotgun marriages and the selfishness of having fewer than "six or seven" kids.
How do kids fare when their parents do not divorce but simply remain in miserable marriages, or when their mothers elect to enter shotgun marriages rather than parenting solo?
The major factor behind these shotgun marriages has become clear: cost.
Yellen, a member of the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors, calculate that about 75 percent of the increase in births out of wedlock among previously childless white women between 1965 and 1990 is directly due to the decline in shotgun marriages.