breach of promise

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breach of promise

Law (formerly) failure to carry out one's promise to marry
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Miss Rugg was a lady of a little property which she had acquired, together with much distinction in the neighbourhood, by having her heart severely lacerated and her feelings mangled by a middle-aged baker resident in the vicinity, against whom she had, by the agency of Mr Rugg, found it necessary to proceed at law to recover damages for a breach of promise of marriage.
Opera North's decision to re-set the piece to the 1930s allowed Angelina, suing her fiancee for breach of promise of marriage, to become a flirtatious film star.
MISS Lily Eyton Jones, a Liverpool music-hall artiste professionally known as Lily Eyton, of Bolsover Street, London, today, in the King's Bench Division, sued Captain Edward Ludlow Porter for damages and breach of promise of marriage.