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2. an excessive longing for the married state.
- Adultery in a house is like a worm in poppy seeds —Babylonian Talmud
- Adultery’s like the common cold, if one bedfellow contracts it, his companion automatically does —Robert Traver
- Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse —Arthur Baer, New York Journal American
- Bridesmaids in their flowery frocks bloom round the bride like hollyhocks —Ogden Nash
- The death of a man’s wife is like cutting down an ancient oak that has long shaded the family mansion —Alphonse de Lamartine
See Also: DEATH
- Divorced men are like marked-down clothes; you get them after the season during which they would have made a sensation, and there is less choice, but they’re easier to acquire —Judith Martin
- Divorce is like a side dish that nobody remembers having ordered —Alexander King
- For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other no dinners —Oscar Wilde
- For an old man to marry a young girl is like buying a new book for somebody else to read —Anon
- Getting married is like a healthy man going into a sickbed —Isaac Bashevis Singer
- Getting married is serious business. It’s kinda formal, like funerals or playing stud poker —line from 1940 movie, They Knew What They Wanted
The actor voicing this was William Gargan.
- He [husband of long-standing] is like an old coat, beautiful in texture, but easy and loose —Audrey Colvin, letter to New York Times/,Ll July 17, 1986
- A husband, like religion and medicine, must be taken with blind faith —Helen Rowland
This has been modernized from “Like unto religion.”
- Husbands, like governments must never admit they are wrong —Honoré de Balzac
- Husbands are like (motor) cars; all are good the first year —Channing Pollock
- Husbands are like fires, they go out when unattended —Zsa Zsa Gabor
- Husbands should be like Kleenex, soft, clean and disposable —Madeline Kahn, interview, television news program, December, 1985
- A husband without ability is like a house without a roof —Spanish proverb
- It [a second marriage] is the triumph of hope over experience —Samuel Johnson
- It [marriage] resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing any one who comes between them —Sydney Smith
- It’s [the permanence of marriage] like having siblings: you can’t lose a brother or a sister. They’re always there —Germaine Greer, Playboy, January, 1972
- It [marriage and motherhood] was like being brainwashed, and afterward you went about numb as a slave in some private, totalitarian state —Sylvia Plath
- Like suicide, divorce was something that had to be done on a thoughtless impulse, full speed ahead —R. V. Cassill
- A man’s wife should fit like a good, comfortable shoe —Ukrainian proverb
- A man with a face that looks like someone had thrown it at him in anger nearly always marries before he is old enough to vote —Finley Peter Dunne
- Many a marriage has commenced like the morning, red, and perished like a mushroom … because the married pair neglected to be as agreeable to each other after their union as they were before it —Frederika Bremer
- Marriage may be compared to a cage: the birds outside frantic to get in and those inside frantic to get out —Michel de Montaigne
The simile also appeared in a play by a sixteenth century dramatist, John Webster, beginning “Marriage is just like a summer bird cage in a garden.” See the French proverb below for yet another twist on the same theme.
- Marriage from love, like vinegar from wine, a sad, sour, sober beverage —Lord Byron
- Marriage is a good deal like a circus: there is not as much in it as is represented in the advertising —Edgar Watson Howe
- Marriage is a hand grenade with the pin out. You hold your breath waiting for the explosion —Abraham Rothberg
- Marriage is like a three-speed gearbox: affection, friendship, love —Peter Ustinov
- Marriage is like a beleaguered fortress; those who are without want to get in, and those within want to get out —French proverb
- Marriage is like a dull meal with the dessert at the beginning —dialogue from the movie, Moulin Rouge
The dialogue was spoken by Jose Ferrer as Toulouse Lautrec.
- Marriage is like a long trip in a tiny rowboat: if one passenger starts to rock the boat, the other has to steady it; otherwise they’ll go to bottom together —Dr. David R. Reuben, Reader’s Digest, January, 1973
- Marriage is like a river; it is easier to fall in than out —Anon
- Marriage is like a ship; sometimes you just have to ride out the storm —“L. A. Law,” television drama, 1987
- Marriage is like buying something you’ve been admiring for a long time in a shop window … you may love it when you get home but it doesn’t always go with everything else in the house —Jean Kerr
- Marriage is like life in this … that it is a field of battle, and not a bed of roses —Robert Louis Stevenson
- Marriage is like panty-hose; it all depends on what you put into it —Phyllis Schlafly
- Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning handsprings or eating with chopsticks; it looks so easy till you try it —Helen Rowland
- Marriage like death is nothing to worry about —Don Herod
- Marriages are like diets. They can be ruined by having a little dish on the side —Earl Wilson
- Marriages, like houses, need constant patching —Nancy Mairs, New York Times/Hers, July 30, 1987
The simile was the highlighted blurb to capture reader attention. Actually it was a capsulized paraphrase from Ms. Mairs’ own concluding words: “Marriages, like houses, haven’t got ‘ever afters’.” The stucco chips off and the cat falls through the screen and the bathroom drain runs slow. If you don’t want the house falling down around your ears, you must plan to learn to wield a trowel and a hammer and a plunger.
- Marriages were breaking up as fast as tires blowing in a long race —Norman Mailer
- A marriage that grew like a great book, filling twenty-five years with many thousands of elaborate and subtle details —Larry McMurtry
- A (seventeen-year) marriage that had been patched like an old rubber tire gone too many miles on a treadmill —Paige Mitchell
- (She had decided long before that) marriage was like breathing, as soon as you noticed the process, you stopped it at peril of your life —Laura Furman
- A married man forms married habits and becomes dependent on marriage just as a sailor becomes dependent on the sea —George Bernard Shaw
- Married so long … like Siamese twins they infect each other’s feelings —Mary Hedin
- Marrying a daughter to a boor is like throwing her to a lion —Babylonian Talmud
- Marrying a woman for her money is very much like setting a rat-trap, and baiting it with your own finger —Josh Billings
In Billings’ phonetic dialect: “munny is vera mutch like … with yure own finger.”
- Matrimony, like a dip in the sea, first stimulates, then chills. But once out of the water the call of the ocean lures the bather to another plunge —Anon
- Middle-aged marriages in which people seem stuck like flies caught in jelly —Norma Klein
See Also: ENTRAPMENT
- (I am as) monogamous as the North Star —Carolyn Kizer
- The sickening cords of their marriage drying everything like an invisible paste —John Updike
- A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day —Andre Maurois
- They [bride and groom] looked as though they belonged on top of their own enormous cake —Paul Reidinger
- Wartime marriage … it’s like being married on top of a volcano —H. E. Bates
See Also: DANGER
- Wedlock’s like wine, not properly judged of till the second glass —Douglas Jerrold
- Wife swapping is like a form of incest in which nobody’s more guilty than anybody else —Germaine Greer, Playboy, January, 1972
cheese and kisses Rhyming slang for missis, one’s wife. This British expression is popular in Australia, where it is frequently shortened to simply cheese. It also enjoys some use on the West Coast of the United States. Ernest Booth used the phrase in American Mercury in 1928.
Darby and Joan A happily married, older couple; an old-fashioned, loving couple. According to one account, the pair was immortalized by Henry Wood-fall in a love ballad entitled “The Joys of Love Never Forgot: A Song,” which appeared in a 1735 edition of Gentleman’s Magazine, a British publication. Darby is John Darby, a former employer of Woodfall’s. Joan is Darby’s wife. The two were inseparable, acting like honeymooners even into their golden years. Darby and Joan was also the name of a popular 19th-century song. Darby and Joan Clubs are in Britain what Senior Citizens’ Clubs are in the United States. The word darbies is sometimes used as a nickname for handcuffs. The rationale is that handcuffs are an inseparable pair.
go to the world To be married or wed, to become man and wife. World in this expression refers to the secular, lay life as opposed to the religious, clerical life. The phrase, no longer heard today, dates from at least 1565. It appeared in Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well:
But, if I may have your ladyship’s good will to go to the world, Isbel the woman and I will do as we may. (I, iii)
jump over the broomstick To get married; said of those whose wedding ceremony is informal or unofficial. Variants include to marry over the broomstick, to jump the besom, and to jump the broom. This expression, which dates from the late 18th century, refers to the informal marriage ceremony in which both parties jumped over a besom, or broomstick, into the land of holy matrimony. Although neither the ceremony nor the phrase is common today, they were well-known to Southern Negro slaves, who were not considered important enough to merit church weddings, and so were married by jumping over the broomstick.
There’s some as think she was married over the broom-stick, if she was married at all. (Julian Hawthorne, Fortune’s Fool, 1883)
mother of pearl Girlfriend or wife. This phrase is rhyming slang for girl, but applies almost exclusively to females who are girlfriends or wives.
my old dutch Wife. This expression of endearment is a British colloquialism for one’s spouse. Here dutch is short for duchess.
plates and dishes Rhyming slang for missis, one’s wife. Plates and dishes are a rather pointed reference to the household duties of a wife.
step off See DEATH.
trouble and strife Rhyming slang for wife, dating from the early 1900s. According to Julian Franklyn (A Dictionary of Rhyming Slang), this is the most widely used of the many rhyming slang phrases for wife, including struggle and strife, worry and strife, and the American equivalent storm and strife.
Marriage refers to the state of being married, or to the relationship between a husband and wife.
You can also use marriage to refer to the act of getting married.
You don't usually use 'marriage' to refer to the ceremony in which two people get married. Use wedding.
|Noun||1.||marriage - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"|
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
marital status - the condition of being married or unmarried
bigamy - having two spouses at the same time
common-law marriage - a marriage relationship created by agreement and cohabitation rather than by ceremony
endogamy, inmarriage, intermarriage - marriage within one's own tribe or group as required by custom or law
exogamy, intermarriage - marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law
marriage of convenience - a marriage for expediency rather than love
misalliance - an unsuitable alliance (especially with regard to marriage)
monandry - the state of having only one husband at a time
open marriage - a marriage in which each partner is free to enter into extraneous sexual relationships without guilt or jealousy from the other
cuckoldom - the state of a husband whose wife has committed adultery
polygamy - having more than one spouse at a time
sigeh - a Shiite tradition of temporary marriage permitted in Iran that allows a couple to specify the terms of their relationship; can last from a few minutes to 99 years; "sigeh legally wraps premarital sex in an Islamic cloak"
|2.||marriage - two people who are married to each other; "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love"|
family unit, family - primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
mixed marriage - marriage of two people from different races or different religions or different cultures; "the families of both partners in a mixed marriage often disapprove"
|3.||marriage - the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"|
civil marriage - a marriage performed by a government official rather than by a clergyman
love match - a marriage for love's sake; not an arranged marriage
remarriage - the act of marrying again
|4.||marriage - a close and intimate union; "the marriage of music and dance"; "a marriage of ideas"|
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh" Bible: Genesis
"`Marriage': this I call the will that moves two to create the one which is more than those who created it" [Friedrich Nietzsche Thus Spake Zarathustra]
"Let me not to the marriage of true minds"
"Admit impediments. Love is not love"
"Which alters when it alteration finds,"
"Or bends with the remover to remove" [William Shakespeare Sonnet 116]
"A happy marriage perhaps represents the ideal of human relationship - a setting in which each partner, while acknowledging the need of the other, feels free to be what he or she by nature is" [Anthony Storr The Integrity of the Personality]
"Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family - a domestic church" [Pope John Paul II]
"Marriage is socialism among two people" [Barbara Ehrenreich The Worst Years of Our Lives]
"The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast" [Gabriel García Márquez Love in the Time of Cholera]
"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it" [John Steinbeck Travels With Charley: In Search of America]
"Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable" [Søren Kierkegaard Either/Or]
"Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest" [George Eliot Romola]
"A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one" [Queen Victoria Letter to her daughter]
"Either marriage is a destiny, I believe, or there is no sense in it at all, it's a piece of humbug" [Max Frisch I'm Not Stiller]
"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance" [Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice]
"Every woman should marry - and no man" [Benjamin Disraeli Lothair]
"There are good marriages, but no delightful ones" [Duc de la Rochefoucauld Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales]
"It doesn't much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find next morning that it was someone else" [Samuel Rogers Table Talk]
"It is a woman's business to get married as soon as possible, and a man's to keep unmarried as long as he can" [George Bernard Shaw Man and Superman]
"Marriage is like life in this - that it is a field of battle, and not a bed of roses" [Robert Louis Stevenson Virginibus Puerisque]
"I married beneath me, all women do" [Nancy Astor]
"Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor - which is one very strong argument in favour of matrimony" [Jane Austen letter]
"Marriage is the grave or tomb of wit" [Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle Nature's Three Daughters]
"Courtship to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play" [William Congreve The Old Bachelor]
"I am to be married within these three days; married past redemption" [John Dryden Marriage à la Mode]
"Men are April when they woo, December when they wed" [William Shakespeare As You Like It]
"Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet" [Mae West]
"Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures" [Dr. Johnson]
"Marriages are made in Heaven" [John Lyly Euphues and his England]
"Men marry because they are tired, women because they are curious; both are disappointed" [Oscar Wilde A Woman of No Importance]
"A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short" [André Maurois Memories]
"Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness" [Langdon Mitchell]
"Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity" [George Bernard Shaw Maxims for Revolutionists]
"Strange to say what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition" [Samuel Pepys]
"There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry... it is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest themselves" [Jane Austen Mansfield Park]
"It was very good of God to let Carlyle and Mrs. Carlyle marry one another and so make only two people miserable instead of four" [Samuel Butler]
"one fool at least in every married couple" [Henry Fielding Amelia]
"There once was an old man of Lyme"
"Who married three wives at a time,"
"When asked 'Why a third?'"
"He replied, `One's absurd!"
"And bigamy, Sir, is a crime!'" [William Cosmo Monkhouse]
aunt by marriage → tía f política
to be related by marriage → estar emparentados
to become related by marriage to sb → emparentar con algn
marriage of convenience → matrimonio m de conveniencia
to give sb in marriage to → casar a algn con, dar a algn en matrimonio a
marriage bonds NPL → lazos mpl or vínculos mpl matrimoniales
marriage broker N → casamentero/a m/f
marriage bureau N → agencia f matrimonial
marriage ceremony N → ceremonia f nupcial, matrimonio m
marriage certificate N → partida f matrimonial or de matrimonio
marriage counseling N (US) = marriage guidance marriage counselor N (US) = marriage guidance counsellor marriage guidance N → orientación f matrimonial
marriage guidance counsellor N → consejero/a m/f matrimonial
marriage licence, marriage license N (US) → licencia f matrimonial
marriage lines NPL (Brit) → partida f matrimonial or de matrimonio
marriage partner N → cónyuge mf, consorte mf
marriage rate N → (índice m de) nupcialidad f
marriage settlement N → contrato m matrimonial (Jur) → capitulaciones fpl (matrimoniales)
marriage vows NPL → votos mpl matrimoniales
marriage[ˈmærɪdʒ] n → mariage m
six years of marriage → six ans de mariage
I never wanted marriage
BUT Je n'ai jamais voulu me marier.
marriage to sb → mariage avec qn
I opposed her marriage to Darryl → Je me suis opposé à son mariage avec Darryl.marriage bureau n → agence f matrimonialemarriage ceremony n → cérémonie f de mariagemarriage certificate n → acte m de mariagemarriage guidance (British) marriage counseling (US) n → conseil m conjugalmarriage guidance counsellor (British) marriage counselor (US) n → conseiller/ère m/f conjugal(e)marriage of convenience n → mariage m de convenancemarriage vows npl → vœux mpl de mariage