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Gretna Green

a village in S Scotland, near the English border, to which many English couples formerly eloped to be married. Unabridged
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  • At length, in the last stage to Gretna Green, he met them upon their return.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • They are off, and what we have now to hope for is—that they will go to Gretna Green.

  • An offer to work in a factory at Gretna Green, wages to commence at 17s.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • What was the last elopement that created any sensation at Gretna Green?

  • After that the romance of Gretna Green was as a tale that was told.

  • "We are going to be married, Cobbs, at Gretna Green," returns the boy.

  • While they lasted the debtors gaol was the Gretna Green of London.

  • I was still in the hospital when the awful “Gretna Green” disaster happened.

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
  • When we got to Gretna Green it was evening, but the daylight lingered still.

    The Heather-Moon C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • You know, I've always vowed to be married at Gretna Green, if at all.

    The Heather-Moon C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for Gretna Green

Gretna Green

a village in S Scotland, in Dumfries and Galloway on the border with England: famous smithy where eloping couples were married by the blacksmith from 1754 until 1940, when such marriages became illegal. Pop: 2705 (2001)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Gretna Green

town in Scotland just across the border, proverbial from late 18c. as the customery place for English couples to run off and be married without parental consent.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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