ask (someone) for (one's) hand

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ask (someone) for (one's) hand

To request permission to marry someone, as from their father or family. Please tell me that you asked my father for my hand before you proposed to me.
See also: ask, hand

ask for/win somebody’s hand

(old-fashioned) ask for/get permission to marry somebody: ‘Did John ask your father for your hand?’ ‘No. Nobody does that any more, do they?’
See also: ask, hand, win
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On the ground, her partner, Ben Holt, 37, from Liverpool, was waiting to ask for her hand in marriage.
A Jedward: "In return, we'll go out with one of his daughters and ask for her hand in marriage.
This female Kate he wants for his lifetime mate, On this he will concentrate To ask for her hand in marriage, so as a princess the title she will carry When they do eventually marry May God bless Prince William and Kate his future bride That healthy and happiness will reside That in future children will be at their side, filling them with joy and pride The envy of the whole world wide R MORRIS, Fairfield, Stockton
Matthew Vallely, of Finstall Close, Nechells, Birmingham, said he entered the exclusion zone to go to a pub in Digbeth where his partner's dad was drinking to ask for her hand in marriage.
FANS of glamour girl Jodie Marsh are invited to a special event next week - the chance to ask for her hand in marriage.
VALENCIA - It was a night to remember, not just for the couple involved, but for the audience enjoying the Valentine's Day Gershwin concert at the Vital Express Center, when Dan Zehfuss got down on one knee before Kelley Voorhees to ask for her hand in marriage.
We hear naughty boyfriend Antony Costa was only joking when he got down on bended knee to ask for her hand in marriage.