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Goujet was an odd fellow, proposing to elope, just the way it happens in novels.

The man who had induced her to elope with him sat at dice with a gentleman from London!

Why don't you elope with some one—the dark, clinging girl—and let me free?

"Perhaps she will elope," the doctor said to his wife, humorously.

Well if one is on his way to elope—it is all the same:—one must have a companion, if not the one, then the other.'

You promised Countess Rostova to marry her and were about to elope with her, is that so?

Yes, that's it, she means to elope with him, but what am I to do?

She was all but a stranger, and I had assisted her to elope.

He could never permit them to elope; it would cause no end of trouble.

She was Miss Green and the dog Bob was going to elope with her.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "to run off," probably a reborrowing from Middle Dutch (ont)lopen "run away." Sense of "run from parents to marry secretly" is 19c. Anglo-French aloper "run away from a husband with one's lover" is attested from mid-14c., but there is a gap of many years.

The Anglo-French word represents Old French es- + Middle English lepen "run, leap" (see leap (v.)).

The oldest Germanic word for "wedding" is represented by Old English brydlop (cf. Old High German bruthlauft, Old Norse bruðhlaup), literally "bride run," the conducting of the woman to her new home. Related: Eloped; eloping.

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