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.
See also: below, marry

marry below oneself

 and marry beneath oneself
Fig. to marry someone in a lower social class than oneself. He married beneath himself, but he is happy, and what more is required of a marriage? He did not want to marry beneath himself.
See also: below, marry
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"In Britain, boys and girls are educated badly unless their parents can pay for it, forced marriages are unacceptable but you don't see too many whites marrying blacks, Jews marrying gentiles, Catholics marrying Protestants in Northern Ireland, or the upper-classes marrying below themselves, and single mothers, unmarried couples and homosexuals are protected from persecution unless they read the Daily Mail."