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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Mr Odell also said that with childbirth becoming more acceptable, there has been a decline in so-called shotgun weddings.
Tourists from Japan flock to ranges in Waikiki, Hawaii, and the dozen or so that have cropped up in Las Vegas offer bullet-riddled bachelor parties and literal shotgun weddings, where newly married couples can fire submachine gun rounds and pose with Uzis and ammo belts.
11 in J's seam of selling shotgun weddings to illegal immigrants, though neither wants to sacrifice the good life to follow their heart--at least, not until abusive brother-in-law-to-be Tony (Nick Brown) forces J's hand, sending the couple on the run.
However, in some instances businesses may be forced by circumstances into considering transactions in a very short timeframe - so-called shotgun weddings or, in trade talk, 'accelerated M& A'.
For Thayer, a member of the Gay Liberation Network, the diverse crowd at the May pretest showed how progressive populations have grown closer since 9/11, when organizations with cause to fear heightened attacks on civil liberties were "thrown into shotgun weddings .
As shotgun weddings go, this one's got more than its fair share of true romance.
It was an amicable split, but "family businesses can be a lot like shotgun weddings," he says.