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.
(informal) a wedding into which one or both partners are coerced, usually because the woman is pregnant
a marriage of necessity, often hurried due to pregnancy; also, a marriage that is part of a deal or accord; also called 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.
noun 1. a hole drilled in rock, coal, ore, etc., to hold explosives used in blasting.
noun 1. a condition in plants in which small, rounded spots drop out of the leaves, appearing as if the leaves were riddled by shot, resulting from infection or injury. noun 1. a drilled hole into which explosive is put for blasting
noun 1. Electronics. See under shot effect. noun, Electronics. 1. random fluctuations in the emission of electrons from a hot cathode, causing a hissing or sputtering sound (shot noise) in an audio amplifier and causing snow on a television screen. noun 1. the inherent electronic noise arising in an electric current because of the discontinuous […]
noun, plural shots on goal. Hockey and Soccer. 1. a shot that enters the goal or would have entered the goal if it had not been blocked by the goalkeeper or another defensive player.