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pop the question

To ask someone to marry one. I'm planning on popping the question just before the fireworks start. He popped the question in a text message? That's the worst proposal I've ever heard of.
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pop the question

[for a man] to ask a woman to marry him. (Could also be used by a woman asking a man.) She waited for years for him to pop the question. Finally she popped the question.
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pop the question

Propose marriage, as in He picked Valentine's Day to pop the question. [Early 1700s]
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pop the question

INFORMAL
If you pop the question, you ask someone to marry you. Stuart got serious quickly and popped the question six months later.
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pop the question

propose marriage. British informal
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pop the ˈquestion

(informal) ask somebody to marry you: Where were you when he popped the question?
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pop the question

tv. [for a man] to ask a woman to marry him. (Could also be used by a woman asking a man.) She waited for years for him to pop the question.
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pop the question

Informal
To propose marriage.
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pop the question, to

To propose marriage. The transfer of pop, meaning “to explode,” to the idea of blurting out a proposal, seems like a slangy modernism but actually dates from the eighteenth century. Samuel Richardson used it in his novel Sir Charles Grandison (1753): “Afraid he would now, and now and now, pop the question; which he had not the courage to put.”
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She's been telling all her friends that she thinks he's going to pop the question - and she'll definitely say yes," a reliable source close to Perry said.
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Seeing as this month is all about Valentine's Day and leap year proposals, what better time is there to pop the question. From traditional proposals and elaborate expressions of love to something out of the ordinary, here are a few wonderful ways to get the woman of your dreams to say yes: Take her out for a meal at her favourite restaurant and propose over a glass of champagne, or ask the waiters for their help to write 'will you marry me?' in chocolate sauce on her dessert plate!
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