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betroth (someone or oneself) to (someone)

1. To arrange a marriage between two people. Is it true that Lady Edith's family really betrothed her to that horrid man?
2. To agree or vow to marry someone. A: "Why would Alice betroth herself to someone so disreputable?" B: Well, he does have money."
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

betroth someone to someone

to promise someone in marriage to someone else. The king betrothed his daughter to a prince from the neighboring kingdom. She betrothed herself to one of the peasant boys from the village.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I asked her if my betrothed lived here, and she answered, "Ah, you poor child, you are come to a murderers' den; your betrothed does indeed live here, but he will kill you without mercy and afterwards cook and eat you."'
"It is a beautiful diamond left by poor Edmond Dantes, to be sold, and the money divided between his father, Mercedes, his betrothed bride, Fernand, Danglars, and myself.
Phoebus had returned and was leaning on the back of his betrothed's chair, a charming post whence his libertine glance plunged into all the openings of Fleur-de-Lys's gorget.
Meanwhile, the good mother, charmed to see the betrothed pair on terms of such perfect understanding, had just quitted the apartment to attend to some domestic matter; Phoebus observed it, and this so emboldened the adventurous captain that very strange ideas mounted to his brain.
Dilly is beaten by her father and neglected by her mother, who promises to take her to Mecca then takes her sister instead and betroths her against her will to a dim-witted cousin she has never met.
Summary: Life hangs in the balance in a new film about an Iraqi girl whose father betroths her to a local sheikh, leaving her with a very adult choice: submit and forget dreams of education or risk death in
These two scenes establish the triangles of desire that motivate plot and subplot: Mall later betroths herself to Bowdler, and Phillis betroths herself to a man whom she believes is Cripple, but who is actually Frank Golding disguised as Cripple; by the play's end, each woman is re-betrothed to the true "hero" of each scene, Mall to Barnard, and Phillis -- this time knowingly -- to Frank Golding.
While the women fail in these first attempts to solicit their lovers, they later succeed, or at least each thinks she does, when each betroths herself while in Cripple's shop.
In his suit, Frank is championed successfully by the drawer whose plots deceiv e Phillis into believing she betroths herself to him and deceive the Flowers into believing that Ferdinand and Anthony have withdrawn their suits.
Peddling wares enables the women to act as erotic agents, and, in the marketplace, they betroth themselves to men of their own choosing.