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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.
See also: elope
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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.
See also: elope
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Under All-phin's leadership, a new elopement prevention program was launched.
For purposes of this article, a working definition of "elopement" is any unauthorized absence from within or outside of a youth's assigned location i.e., when a youth cannot be accounted for or when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the youth has absconded.
But some now prefer a less formal kind of marriage, which is essentially elopement, because they do not have the economic means to face a prospective father-in-law.
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Shelley's atheism and republicanism combined with his elopement and move to Italy make him very attractive to today's intelligentsia, a man whose search for 'truth' knocks down established signposts, cheats tradesmen, preaches equality and dines off silver.
Later chapters recount the memoirist's move to Beirut and elopement with a Lebanese journalist, as well as their growing family's entanglement in Lebanon's 15 year civil war.
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Her parents were freethinkers (her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft) who taught her to be liberated from society's restraints, but even they frowned on her elopement. Soon babies came, and they died.
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