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he popped the question

he asked her to marry him

TRANSLATION

pop the question = einen Heiratsantrag machen

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

POPPING THE QUESTION at 60,000ft

An internet worker POPPED THE QUESTION as Concorde reached top speed on its final flight to Scotland.

The aircraft was travelling at more than 1,300 mph some 60,000 feet above the North Sea when Rupert Pilgrim asked girlfriend Catherine Murray to marry him.

The 35-year-old could not get down on bended knee because he had a tray of poached salmon and champagne on his lap.

But he still received a yes from 39-year-old Ms Murray, who said: "He chose a good moment."

BBC News

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pop the question
verb phrase

1. to ask someone to marry you (I remember he popped the question while we were eating ice cream)

2. to ask about something that is very important (So then I pop the question, When do you expect this to happen?)

Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms

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ORIGIN

People have been "popping the question" for over 300 years - this interesting phrase was first recorded in the early 1700s.

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SYNONYMS

ask for the hand of, to ask to become engaged, propose, propose marriage

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