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    jump the broom-stick

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    This woman in Gerrard Street here had been married very young, over the broomstick (as we say), to a tramping man, and was a perfect fury in point of jelousy.

    jump the broom-stick = marry over the broom-stick = live together out of wedlock

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: jump the broom-stick

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    This woman in Gerrard Street here had been married very young, over the broomstick (as we say), to a tramping man, and was a perfect fury in point of jealousy.

    jump the broom-stick = marry over the broom-stick = live together out of wedlock

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

    Also in UK English, known as "living in sin" and "taking a common-law wife". Also, just "living together".

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