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    shot-gun marriage/ wedding

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    There can’t be a shot-gun wedding when the bride refuses to attend. (U. Sinclair, “Oil!”)

    …when Don gets home in the morning he’ll have to have a good long talk to young Donny. We don’t want any shot gun weddings in our family. (D. Hewett, “Bobbin Up”)

    And so to the second main policy: a shot-gun marriage between the Government, Industry and the TUC.

    shot-gun marriage/ wedding = compelled,/ inconsiderate marriage, “compromise” (fig.)

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: shot-gun marriage/ wedding

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    There can’t be a shot-gun wedding when the bride refuses to attend. (U. Sinclair, “Oil!”)

    …when Don gets home in the morning he’ll have to have a good long talk to young Donny. We don’t want any shot gun weddings in our family. (D. Hewett, “Bobbin Up”)

    And so to the second main policy: a shot-gun marriage between the Government, Industry and the TUC.

    shot-gun marriage/ wedding = compelled,/ inconsiderate marriage, “compromise” (fig.)

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    As here, there is no actual firearm. But the expression originated in the father of a pregnant girl actually forcing the father of the unborn child into the church at gun-point.

    b

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