shotgun wedding

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From the implication that the groom was brought to the altar by shotgun-wielding relatives of the bride.

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shotgun wedding (plural shotgun weddings)

  1. (idiomatic, slang) A wedding in which the bride is already pregnant.
  2. (idiomatic) Any similarly reputedly forced partnership, between people or organizations.

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