Shotgun-wedding meaning

A wedding into which one or both partners are forced, as because of previous sexual intimacy or, esp., pregnancy.
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(idiomatic, slang) A wedding in which the bride is already pregnant.
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(idiomatic) Any similarly reputedly forced partnership, between people or organizations.
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Origin of shotgun-wedding

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

    From Wiktionary