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elope to Gretna Green

To travel somewhere else in order to take advantage of that place's liberal marriage laws. (Gretna Green, a Scottish town on the border between Scotland and England, became a popular wedding destination after the 1754 Marriage Act required parental consent for couples under the age of 21 to get married in England and Wales.) Primarily heard in UK. Did Aunt Barbara and Uncle Al really elope to Gretna Green when they were 18? If your parents don't approve of us getting married, then we should just elope to Gretna Green.
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elope with (someone)

To marry someone suddenly and secretively. I wish I could just elope with my fiancé, but my family is insistent that I have a big wedding.
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elope with someone

to sneak away with someone and get married without much ceremony. Sally eloped with Tom, and everyone was surprised. I don't want to elope with Juan. I want a church wedding.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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My idea might sound a little far-fetched, but a close re-examination of Eve's temptation before she deliberately eloped with Adam from Paradise surely adds much credence to it.
The investigators mined two databases for all patients who eloped from the emergency department during the years 2002-2006.
Disguised in men's clothing they eloped together, with the help of a trusted servant, in a dramatic escape across the Irish Sea.
She was married to Professor Ernest Weekley, an English philologist, and had three children when she met Lawrence and eloped with him in 1912.
The couple on Wednesday shared the news with their fans on Instagram and also revealed that they had eloped.
Instead of searching for her, the SHO remarked the victim must have eloped with the suspect,' the FIR states.
Patna: A man in Bihar was burnt alive, after he eloped with the wife of a co-villager, in yet another case of "honour killing" in the state.
Summary: The couple eloped to Cyprus and got married there in a court in 1986.
MUZAFFARGARH -- The Alipur police claimed on Saturday to have arrested a first-year student who, they said, eloped and tricked her family into believing that she had drowned in the river Chenab.
The victim Nazia Bibi, 34 years old was the resident of Sahiwal who eloped with a young man of her village named Allah Rakha some days before.
LAHORE:An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday handed a man two life terms for his involvement in honour killing of a couple who had eloped.The accused, Mehboob, after being found guilty was handed two terms of life imprisonment and fined Rs0.5 million by Judge Sajjad Ahmad.
'The girl was eloped with her own wish on January 1st and returned to home on January 8,' said Korangi investigations SP Hyder Raza.
The incident took place in Tandlianwala tehsil of Faisalabad where Ruqaiya and Ghulam Farid eloped and settled away from their village after performing free-will marriage.
In (http://www.ibtimes.com/nikki-mudarris-love-triangle-blows-her-face-love-hip-hop-hollywood-season-3-episode-5-2418724) last week's episode of the VH1 show, the couple eloped because of the stress surrounding their wedding.
ABBOTTABAD -- Saima, the girl who eloped with the alleged help of her friend Ambreen in Abbotabad, reappeared on Sunday and stated the deceased Ambreen knew nothing about her marriage.