marry above (oneself)

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marry above (oneself)

To marry someone who is of a higher social class or standing than oneself. A: "I hear that the local fishmonger's daughter is betrothed to a rich foreign lawyer!" B: "My word, she's certainly marrying above herself, isn't she?" For all the talk that social classes have been wiped away in recent years, you will still find people who believe one can't or shouldn't marry above oneself.
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References in classic literature ?
She will be a treasure to the man she marries, sir,' said Mr Kenwigs, half aside; 'I think she'll marry above her station, Mr Lumbey.
London, Feb 22 ( ANI ): Causing a major outcry among the female population in China, the Communist government has labeled Chinese women failing to marry above the age of 30 as 'left over women'.
In India, where lightness can enable some women to marry above their caste, 60% of all skin care sales are for whitening products.
Alfonso Nitti, for example, the protagonist of Una vita, refuses an opportunity to marry above his station in life.
When Smith, a commoner, insinuated that Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas had taken a fancy to him, his fellow Englishmen denounced him for trying to marry above his station.
Using Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, and The Devil's Law-Case as exploratory texts, Hall investigates the ways in which the colonialist enterprise combines with the economics of marriage to destabilize class boundaries within England: Foreign booty enables merchants to buy the signs of nobility and to marry above themselves.