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a spare prick at a wedding
slang Someone who feels awkward and out of place at an event. I don't know anyone here, so I've been like a spare prick at a wedding, just standing in the corner by myself. I'm feeling really uncomfortable in this rowdy sports bar, like a spare prick at a wedding. She said she decided to leave once the biker gang showed up and she began feeling like a spare prick at a wedding.
be like a spare prick at a wedding
slang To feel awkward and out of place at an event. Primarily heard in UK. I don't know anyone here, so I've been like a spare prick at a wedding, just standing in the corner by myself.
dance at (someone's) wedding
To honor someone by joining them at their wedding. Everyone loves you—I'm sure lots of people will want to dance at your wedding.
dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage
proverb When you dream that someone has died, it is often followed by the news that they are getting married. A: "Did you hear that Bill is getting married?" B: "Wow, I just recently dreamed that he had died! It really is true that you dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage."
dream of a funeral and you hear of a wedding
proverb When you dream that someone has died, it is often followed by the news that they are getting married. A: "Did you hear that Bill is getting married?" B: "Wow, I just recently dreamed that he had died! It really is true that you dream of a funeral and you hear of a wedding."
A hasty (and sometimes forced) marriage due to the bride's pregnancy. Primarily heard in UK. If Lady Anne is indeed pregnant, there will need to be a knobstick wedding at once.
A rain shower that occurs while the sun is shining. A loan translation of the Zulu phrase umshado wezinkawu, or "a wedding for monkeys." Primarily heard in Ireland. Apart from a brief monkey's wedding, the weather was fabulous during the entire event.
A wedding for which guests pay a portion of the cost. I don't care if we have to take out a loan, but I refuse to have a penny wedding. I just think it's tacky to ask people to help cover the cost of it.
A wedding that happens quickly due to an unplanned pregnancy. After finding out she was pregnant, Gina and Tom had a shotgun wedding.
wed (one) to (someone or something)
1. To join one to another person in marriage. A noun or pronoun is used between "wed" and "to"; often used in passive constructions. I've been wedded to my husband for nearly 30 years. My parents wanted to wed me to the son of a wealthy business man, but I refused. It would be my honor to wed you to Charles.
2. To instill a belief or adherence to a particular belief or idea in one. Often used in passive constructions. You'll need to wed our investors to your plan if you want the funding to execute it. I wasn't wedded to the idea at first, but the more they explained it to me, the more convinced I became.
The cake served at a wedding reception. It is traditionally tiered and elaborately decorated, and usually is ceremonially cut by the newlyweds, who then feed the first slice to each other. Did you see the eight-tiered wedding cake? It's beautiful! Jim and Julie are going to cut their wedding cake now!
euphemism, humorous Male genitalia. Ouch, that one hit him right in the wedding tackle.
A traditional wedding held in a church in which the bride wears a white gown. After watching my sister stress over all the details of her white wedding, I decided to elope—in just a plain blue dress, no less! After all the white weddings in our family, Ted wants to get married in the back yard—can you believe it?
you can't dance at two weddings (with one behind)
proverb You cannot do or accomplish two things simultaneously, so you must be decisive in choosing or pursuing one. From Yiddish. ("Behind" in this instance refers to one's buttocks. Other synonyms are often used, such as "rear end," "tuchus," "tush," etc.) The Prime Minister will have to make a decision on how to deal with this soon. You can't dance at two weddings with one behind. Look, either be with me here, or go take the job in London. It's your choice, but you can't dance at two weddings. I'm afraid you'll have to choose between playing football or being in the school band. Both require too much extracurricular time, and you can't dance at two weddings with one tuchus.
you can't dance at two weddings at once
proverb You cannot do or accomplish multiple things simultaneously, so you must choose what is most important to you to pursue. From Yiddish. The Prime Minister will have to make a decision on how to deal with this soon. You can't dance at two weddings at once. Look, either be with me here, or go take the job in London. It's your choice, but you can't dance at two weddings at once.
you can't dance at two weddings at the same time
proverb You cannot do or accomplish multiple things simultaneously, so you must choose what is most important to you to pursue. From Yiddish. The Prime Minister will have to make a decision on how to deal with this soon. You can't dance at two weddings at the same time. Look, either be with me here, or go take the job in London. It's your choice, but you can't dance at two weddings at the same time.
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dance at someone's wedding
to celebrate in honor of someone at someone's wedding. I will dance at your wedding—if you invite me, of course. If you think I will dance at your wedding, you had better be nicer to me!
Dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage.and Dream of a funeral and you hear of a wedding.
Prov. If you dream that a person has died, you will learn that person is to be married. Alan: I had a dream last night that my sister was killed. Jane: Dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage.
Fig. a forced wedding. (From imagery of the bride's father having threatened the bridegroom with a shotgun to force him to marry the bride because he made her pregnant.) Mary was six months pregnant when she married Bill. It was a real shotgun wedding. Bob would never have married Jane if she hadn't been pregnant. Jane's father saw to it that it was a shotgun wedding.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
An agreement or compromise made through necessity, as in Since neither side won a majority, the coalition government was obviously a shotgun wedding . This expression alludes to a marriage precipitated by a woman's pregnancy, causing her father to point a literal or figurative gun at the responsible man's head. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
like a spare prick at a weddingBRITISH, INFORMAL, VERY RUDE
If someone is like a spare prick at a wedding, they are not needed and nobody pays attention to them. I sat on the edge of a bench feeling like a spare prick at a wedding. Note: `Prick' is a slang word for penis.
a shotgun wedding
1. A shotgun wedding is a wedding that happens quickly because the woman is pregnant. The sort of marriage that starts with a shotgun wedding never quite escapes from the feeling that one partner or the other has been trapped.
2. A shotgun wedding is when two companies or organizations join together suddenly because they need to. The committee was created through a shotgun wedding between the community relations commission and the race relations board.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
a spare prick at a weddinga person who is out of place or has no role in a particular situation. British vulgar slang
wedding tacklea man's genitalia. British vulgar slang
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ˌmonkey’s ˈwedding(South African) used to describe a period of time when it is raining while the sun is shining: Look! It’s a monkey’s wedding!
a ˌshotgun ˈwedding/ˈmarriage(old-fashioned, informal) a marriage which takes place because the woman is pregnant
This expression probably refers to the father of a woman, who threatens to shoot the man unless he marries her.
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n. a forced wedding, presumably because the bride is pregnant. It was a shotgun wedding, but they sure are in love.
You can’t dance at two weddings
sent. You cannot do two things at once. Either go to the beach with Fred or stay here with me. You can’t dance at two weddings.
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A wedding made compulsory by bride's pregnancy. At a time and in social circles where a baby's illegitimacy stigmatized both mother and child, something had to be done, and in a hurry. As soon as his unwed daughter broke the news of her pregnancy and the father-to-be's unwillingness to marry her, the father grabbed his shotgun off the wall. With such motivation, the young man was forced to accompany the young lady to the nearest preacher or justice of the peace to make her an honest woman. The phase is sometimes used to describe business mergers made only for reasons of expediency.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price