One who seeks to mend his fortune by marriage. He is the suitor
of Anne Page. Her father objects to him, he says, because
I am too great of birth;
And that, my state being gall'd with my expense,
I seek to heal it only by his wealth.
Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor. iii. 4.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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