shotgun wedding


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shotgun wedding

n
informal a wedding into which one or both partners are coerced, usually because the woman is pregnant

shot′gun wed′ding


n.
a wedding occasioned or precipitated by pregnancy.
Also called shot′gun mar′riage.
[1925–30, Amer.]
Translations

shotgun wedding

n (fam) → matrimonio riparatore
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