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Marriage is a lottery proverbial saying, mid 17th century, referring either to one's choice of partner, or more generally to the element of chance involved in how a marriage will turn out.

Marriage of the Adriatic a ceremony formerly held on Ascension Day in Venice to symbolize the city's sea power, during which the doge dropped a ring into the water from his official barge.

marriages are made in heaven proverbial saying, mid 16th century, often used ironically in relation to an unhappy union.

there goes more to marriage than four bare legs in a bed physical compatibility is not enough for a successful marriage; proverbial saying, mid 16th century.

See also dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage, marry.

Subjects: Arts and Humanities.

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