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A Jewish arranged marriage.
- ‘Now I've been on a lot of shidduchim (tr: plural word for arranged meetings with a view to marriage) in my life, and not all of my own volition.’
- ‘Unfortunately, I cannot speak publicly about it because it will affect ‘shidduchim‘.’
- ‘And this one over here, he's a very nice doctor I've set up on a shidduch later this week.’
- ‘A serious illness, a looming financial disaster, a divorce, or long hoped for shidduch - and the adrenalin-fed powers of concentration are flowing in no time at all.’
- ‘Turns out that I've done a football shidduch - T is a season ticket holder and has a spare ticket for Monday's big match, and P is a big fan.’
Yiddish, from Hebrew šiddūḵ negotiation (of a marriage).
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