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marriage of convenience

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noun
marriage entered into for a personal or family advantage, as for social, political, or economic reasons, usually without love and sometimes without the expectation of sexual relations.
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French ma·riage de con·ve·nance [ma-ryazh duh kawn-vuh-nahns] /maˈryaʒ də kɔ̃ vəˈnɑ̃s/ .

Origin of marriage of convenience

First recorded in 1705–15
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marriage of convenience

noun
a marriage based on expediency rather than on love
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