Green’s Dictionary of Slang

marry v.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

marry Mistress Roper (v.) [the flogging at the ‘rope’s end’ that a recruit would have to endure and because such recruits handle the ships’ ropes ‘like girls’]

[mid-19C] to enlist in the Royal Marines.

marry the devil’s daughter (and live with the old folks) (v.)

[late 18C–early 19C] to marry a termagant.

marry someone to the gunner’s daughter (v.) [the image is of a sailor being strapped to a ship’s gun for whipping]

to whip someone.

marry the widow (v.) [trans. of Fr. sl. épouser la veuve, to be guillotined, lit. ‘to marry the widow’]

[late 19C–1900s] to make a mess of things.