marry beneath (oneself)

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marry beneath (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 beneath 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 beneath herself with some fast food worker.
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References in classic literature ?
In vain Saphir declared that love made them equal; Serpentine would only reply: 'I love you too much to allow you to marry beneath your rank.
Truman's long pursuit of Bess began, it turns out, as a pursuit of the unobtainable, which succeeded only through great persistence (and, perhaps, an eventual willingness of Bess to marry beneath herself).
Couples could marry beneath the PS30,000 a year fig trees in the atrium, and firms could hire out the Select Committee rooms.
Referring to those scandalous times and the all-too-fleshly skeletons in the royal closets, Dinraj Singh of the erstwhile state of Kasmanda says, "We didn't marry beneath our class--governesses, nurses and suchlikes.
where we will loiter and marry beneath that beautifully
Even more colourful, but without similar proof, is the story that Nancy ran away to marry beneath her station.
Love urges that she make herself available for marriage to him, but honor insists that she not marry beneath her station.