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always the bridesmaid, never the bride

Said of one who is never the most important person in a particular situation or the winner of some particular thing. When will I get a promotion? I'm so sick of being always the bridesmaid, never the bride. This is the fifth time I've come in second place—always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
See also: always, bride, never

give away

1. To give something (to someone) for free; to donate something (to someone). In each usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "give" and "away." I wish I hadn't given away all my old video games. I'd love to play through them all again! She's been giving money away to her friends and family ever since she won the lottery. Oh, I gave those recipe books away to Aunt Rosie. She's more interested in them than I ever was.
2. To yield something for far less than it is worth. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "give" and "away." How could you just give away my cleats for $5 at the yard sale? I could have gotten good money for them on eBay! If I accept this offer, I'm basically giving the house away. No, we're going to give them a counteroffer of a much more reasonable price.
3. To relinquish something; to willingly give up control of something. I would think long and hard before you give away your controlling stake in the company. Everyone claims they care about their privacy, but they've been more than willing to give it away for the sake of using social media.
4. To present the bride to the bridegroom during their marriage ceremony. My father sadly passed away two years ago, so my uncle agreed to give me away at my wedding. I went through intense physiotherapy so that I would be able to walk down the aisle and give away my daughter.
5. To reveal or make known some secret or hidden aspect of someone, something, or oneself. I'm terrible at keeping secrets. My face goes beet red and gives me away every time. I have to be careful during interviews so I don't give away the plot to the movie. Margaret had been embezzling money from the corporate account for years, but she finally gave herself away when she claimed her two-month trip to Paris as a business expense.
6. To be disadvantaged by some variable, especially weight, height, or time, during a competition. The young junior wrestler had to fill in the 189-pound spot, giving away 15 pounds to his opponent. The cyclist had already given nearly 20 minutes away at the start of the race, but he still managed to catch up to the leader of the race in the final stretch. The new striker gave away four inches to the other team's defender, but has still managed to send a header past him and into the net.
7. To allow something to be taken or used as an advantage by one's opponent. Our defense gave away three goals in the first quarter, so we were fighting an uphill battle for the entire rest of the game. They're never going to win if they keep giving so many penalties away.
See also: away, give

happy is the bride that the sun shines on

proverb Sunny weather on a wedding day is good luck. It's a gorgeous day for a wedding, which is wonderful news—happy is the bride that the sun shines on.
See also: bride, happy, on, shine, sun, that

war bride

A woman who marries a serviceman—often one from another country—in wartime. I was a war bride. I met your father when he was stationed in Germany, where my family was living at the time, and we married soon after.
See also: bride, war
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

give someone away

 (to someone)
1. Fig. [for the bride's father] to give the bride away to the groom. (Customarily done just prior to the actual marriage ceremony.) Mr. Franklin gave Amy away to Terry just as he had done in the rehearsal. He was reluctant to give his daughter away.
2. Fig. to reveal something secret about someone to someone else. Please don't give me away. I don't want anyone to know my plans. Alice did everything she could to keep from giving herself away.
See also: away, give

give someone or something away

to reveal a secret about someone or something. I thought no one knew where I was, but my loud breathing gave me away. We know that Billy ate the cherry pie. The cherry juice on his shirt gave him away. I had planned a surprise, but John gave away my secret.
See also: away, give

give something away

 (to someone)
1. to donate to, or bestow something upon, someone. I gave the old clothing away to Tom. I gave away my coat to Tom.
2. to tell a secret to someone. Please don't give the surprise away to anyone. Don't give away my secret.
3. to reveal the answer to a question, riddle, or problem to someone. Don't give the answer away to them! Don't give away the answer!
See also: away, give

Happy is the bride that the sun shines on.

Prov. It is supposed to be good luck for the sun to shine on a couple on their wedding day. Our wedding day was a sunny one, and most of my relatives made sure to remind me, "Happy is the bride that the sun shines on."
See also: bride, happy, on, shine, sun, that
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

give away

1. Make a gift of, bestow, as in I decided to give away all my plants. [c. 1400]
2. Present a bride to the groom in a marriage ceremony, as in Her father gave Karen away. [c. 1700]
3. Reveal or make something known, often unintentionally; also, betray or expose someone. For example, She gave away her true feelings, or He gave away his accomplices. This idiom is sometimes put as give oneself away, as in If you don't want the family to know about your gambling, don't give yourself away by spending your winnings . [Late 1800s]
See also: away, give
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

give away

v.
1. To relinquish something; give something to another: The store is giving away free samples of cheese. I gave my old clothes away to charity.
2. To present a bride to her bridegroom at a wedding ceremony: Very often, the father gives away the bride. I gave my daughter away at her wedding.
3. To reveal something or make something known, often accidentally; divulge something: The preview gave away the film's surprise ending. The tone of the teacher's voice gave the answer away.
4. To betray someone: I tried to pass for a local resident, but my accent gave me away.
See also: away, give
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
At these words, said with tears of joy, the bride forgot her sufferings; for she had indeed suffered in presenting herself before the public to obtain a happiness her parents refused to sanction.
Luigi now hurried his bride to the house they were to occupy.
Neither Basilio, however, nor his bride, nor their followers would take any part in it, and they withdrew to Basilio's village; for the poor, if they are persons of virtue and good sense, have those who follow, honour, and uphold them, just as the rich have those who flatter and dance attendance on them.
As she looked very pretty, and too delicate for a waiting-maid, he went up into the royal chamber to ask the bride who it was she had brought with her, that was thus left standing in the court below.
But the false bride said to the prince, 'Dear husband, pray do me one piece of kindness.' 'That I will,' said the prince.
When at last he had taken the bride's hand in the correct way, the priest walked a few paces in front of them and stopped at the lectern.
Another dismal circumstance is, that Veneering, having the captivating Tippins on one side of him and the bride's aunt on the other, finds it immensely difficult to keep the peace.
He let the knight and his ten archers pass by, then he strode up to the bride, and placed himself on the other side from her brother.
It was the middle of September and the schoolmaster's bride hadn't come-- never would come, we thought.
It gave her the ghastliness of a dead man's bride. Her youthful friends stood apart, shuddering at the mourners, the shrouded bridegroom, and herself; the whole scene expressed, by the strongest imagery, the vain struggle of the gilded vanities of this world, when opposed to age, infirmity, sorrow, and death.
And likewise a voice kept saying in my heart, "If ever you find your Golden Bride, be sure she will die."
He called to the groom that they must lighten-- and pointed to the bride. The young man cursed him and held her tighter.
There were three other couples, following the bride and bridegroom: first, Martin Poyser, looking as cheery as a bright fire on this rimy morning, led quiet Mary Burge, the bridesmaid; then came Seth serenely happy, with Mrs.
This pious reasoning, and perhaps the fear of being too late, supported the bride through the ceremony of robing, after which, strong tea and brandy were administered in alternate doses as a means of strengthening her feeble limbs and causing her to walk steadier.
We were joined by two young ladies, cousins of the bride and very agreeable girls.