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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?
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 wedding that happens quickly due to an unplanned pregnancy. After finding out she was pregnant, Gina and Tom had a shotgun wedding.
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!
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.
dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage
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."
A humorous euphemism for male genitalia. Ouch, that one hit him right in the wedding tackle.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.