make an honest woman (out) of (someone)

make an honest woman (out) of (someone)

To marry a woman that one is dating. You've been dating Carrie for quite some time now, Pete. When are you going to make an honest woman out of her?
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make an honest woman of someone

Fig. to marry a woman. (Intended as jocular.) So you finally made an honest woman out of Denise. She had wanted Max to make an honest woman of her, but you can't depend on Max to do anything right.
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make an honest woman of someone

If a man makes an honest woman of his girlfriend, he marries her. Her boyfriend had e-mailed to say he couldn't live without her and if she would join him in Australia he would make an honest woman of her. Note: This expression is used humorously.
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make an honest woman of

marry a woman, especially to avoid scandal if she is pregnant. dated or humorous
Honest here originally meant ‘respectable’, but was probably associated with the archaic sense ‘chaste or virtuous’.
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make an honest ˈwoman of somebody

(old-fashioned or humorous) marry a woman who you have been having a sexual relationship with: When are you going to make an honest woman of her, Peter?
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make an honest woman of her

Marry a woman who was seduced; restore virtue. Honesty and chastity have been verbally equated since the 1600s. The cliché is still used, mostly ironically or figuratively. Thus, “For an encore, Jackiw, Zander and company made an honest woman of that hoary standard, ‘Meditation’ from Massenet’s Thais” (Boston Globe, June 15, 2001).
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