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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The contractor became insolvent, making any breach of promise claim against the contractor worthless.
"On the service to Redhill there has been a breach of promise, as we were told in 2014 that it would be better in 2018 and the service level is definitely worse."
But each time, the hopes raised were dashed to the ground due to one reason or the other, amidst accusations of breach of promise between the two sides.
(Laughter.) In further cross-examination the complainant refused to answer questions relating to the love affair, and said she intended to bring an notion against young Norton for breach of promise.
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.
"The issue (US recent move) reveals a contradiction between text and spirit of the JCPOA, the Iranian Parliament and government will give a firm response to the breach of promise through the Supervisory Committee," Head of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.
"Iran has remained and will remain committed to the deal, though any breach of promise by other parties will receive appropriate responses."
Whether husbands admit it, say so, or not, most would prefer if their wives didn't stray too far from their premarital weight, or they might feel some kind of breach of promise.
Speaking in advance of a House of Lords debate on the Wales Bill, Lord Hain, who retired as Labour MP for Neath at the 2015 General Election, described the decision to remove the need for a referendum as "a flagrant and cynical breach of promise to the electorate".
Trial by Jury opens the evening, with the chorus of jurors singing of the Breach of Promise trial about to start, and the Judge relating the tale of how he was called to the bar.
Now the present government has appointed another one against this post which he termed sheer injustice and breach of promise and demanded of the government to honour the promise made with him.
The story concerns a 'breach of promise of marriage' lawsuit in which the judge and legal system are the objects of lighthearted satire.