or shotgun marriage
- a wedding occasioned or precipitated by pregnancy.
- Informal. a compromise, merger, accord, etc., occasioned by necessity: The coalition government was obviously a shotgun wedding.
Origin of shotgun wedding
- informal a wedding into which one or both partners are coerced, usually because the woman is pregnant
Idioms and Phrases with shotgun marriage
An agreement or compromise made through necessity, as in Since neither side won a majority, the coalition government was obviously a shotgun wedding. This expression alludes to a marriage precipitated by a woman's pregnancy, causing her father to point a literal or figurative gun at the responsible man's head. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.