shotgun marriage

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shotgun marriage

n.
A marriage that is forced or necessitated because of pregnancy. Also called shotgun wedding.
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You already probably oppose many of the alternatives to voluntary collaborations, like shotgun marriages, colonialism, theft and military invasions.
Master Aldric says the fire monkey threatens to burn, literally and figuratively, people's homes, businesses, money, relationships, career (political or not), health and love life (being a leap year, beware of shotgun marriages)-if homes and offices are not properly protected by feng shui.
Beginning with his earliest features, O Sangue (Blood, 1989) and Casa de Lava (1994), made before the director arrived at the small-scale and more collaborative methods that have shaped his later work, Costa has presided over a series of uncanny shotgun marriages between fiction and nonfiction, narrative flow and non-narrative stasis, the materialism of Straub-Huillet and the spirituality of haunted, doom-ridden fantasy suggested by Lewton and Tourneur.
Ironically, JPMorgan had not gone kaput like Marcel Ospel's UBS or Chuck Prince's Citigroup ("Dancing Queen", as Abba once crooned!), despite the shotgun marriages with Bear Stearns (rest in peace, Ace!) and Washington Mutual.
Secondly, how can anyone be sure that such shotgun marriages would actually work?
In their 1996 essay, "An Analysis on Out-of-Wedlock Childbearing in the United States," they argued that the rise of single parenthood is the result of the end of shotgun marriages, the increased availability of contraception, and the advent of abortion.
These shotgun marriages shouldn't work, but due to Mount's technicalmastery and ear for odd melody they succeed brilliantly.
Squabbling shotgun marriages have been a staple of TV, and the series gets nice chemistry initially out of Matt Bomer and "Carnivale's" Tim DeKay.
MM: We really are seeing shotgun marriages. Do you have the sense that there are alternatives, given the urgency of these situations?
That means they'll need fewer journalists - generating savings of pounds 40 million for ITV shareholders as similar shotgun marriages are enforced in newsrooms across the country.