marry below (one's) station

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marry below (one's) station

To marry someone who is of a lower social class or standing than oneself. A: "I hear that Mr. Sullivan plans to marry a local fishmonger's daughter." B: "Why would a man of his esteem marry below his station like that?" Janet has a bright future with one of the best law firms in town, so it's beyond me why she's marrying below her station with some fast food worker.
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From a strictly legal standpoint the relative ranks of the parties was irrelevant, for as a lawyer put it in the 1780s, "It does not appear to the Defender that any circumstances in the pursuers situation could have much effect on the merits of this question for one Man may have an intrigue with a woman of his own Station and another may marry a woman much beneath it." [7] (Women's situation was different, for "a woman who married below her station could harldy expect to regain it.