marriage of convenience
Date: 1711 a marriage contracted for social, political, or economic advantage rather than for mutual affection; broadly a union or cooperation formed solely for pragmatic reasons

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • marriage of convenience — A marriage of convenience is a marriage or commitment made for financial, social or other benefit rather than love, affection, etc …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • marriage of convenience — ► marriage of convenience a marriage concluded primarily to achieve a practical purpose. Main Entry: ↑marriage …   English terms dictionary

  • marriage of convenience — n. marriage entered into from calculated self interest or expediency …   English World dictionary

  • Marriage of convenience — A marriage of convenience (plural marriages of convenience) is a marriage contracted for reasons other than the reasons of relationship, family, or love. Instead, such a marriage is orchestrated for personal gain or some other sort of strategic… …   Wikipedia

  • marriage of convenience — noun a marriage for expediency rather than love • Hypernyms: ↑marriage, ↑matrimony, ↑union, ↑spousal relationship, ↑wedlock * * * Etymology: translation of French mariage de convenance : a marriage contracted rather for the advantages (as keeping …   Useful english dictionary

  • marriage of convenience — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms marriage of convenience : singular marriage of convenience plural marriages of convenience a marriage arranged for political or financial reasons and not for love …   English dictionary

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  • marriage of convenience — marriage of con venience n 1.) an agreement between two or more countries, businesses, or people that is only made for political or economic reasons 2.) a marriage for political or economic reasons, not for love …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • marriage of convenience — marriage of con venience noun count a marriage arranged for political or financial reasons and not for love …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • marriage of convenience — noun a marriage of expediency, usually for money or position. Also, mariage de convenance …   Australian English dictionary

  • marriage of convenience — 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. [1705 15] * * * …   Universalium

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