marry below (oneself)

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marry below (oneself)

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 himself 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 herself with some fast food worker.
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Figures from Unicef and the World Bank show that of 41 million girls in the ten worst affected countries in Africa, 22 million will marry below the age of 18 - despite growing awareness and new laws aimed at banning the practice.
At least 20 African countries, according to Human Rights Watch, allow girls to marry below the age of 18 through their minimum age laws or exceptions for parental consent or judicial approval.
According to the draft, girls belonging to the Hindu minority will not be allowed to marry below the age of 18.
Let me remind you that statistics show that 56 percent of Yemeni girls marry below the age of 18.
Please don't write poisonous letters about how disgusting it is for someone to marry below themselves.
French officers, however, usually younger sons of nobility, refused to marry below their rank, inspiring the plea of one of the early governors to France: "Send me wives for my Canadians; they are running in the woods after Indian girls.