leave (one) at the altar

leave (one) at the altar

To abandon one at one's wedding ceremony after deciding, at the last minute, not to get married. How dare you leave me at the altar? If you were having second thoughts, you had plenty of time to tell me without humiliating me in front of all our family and friends. My heart just breaks for Shelly—I can't believe Mark left her at the altar.
See also: altar, leave

left at the altar

Having been left by one's prospective spouse at or just before the wedding ceremony. I'm very hesitant to even consider marriage again after having been left at the altar. My heart just breaks for Shelly—I can't believe she got left at the altar.
See also: altar, left
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