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"They weren't meant to see each other, but a wicked stunt forces them into a impossible union-holy matrimony."

Stunt means an action displaying spectacular skill and daring, or prevent from growing or developing properly. but still i can't relate them and i feel strange.

  • Please cite the source, and if possible, the broader context. – Kris Oct 1 at 11:15
  • Possibly used in the sense ‘to trick’. – Lawrence Oct 1 at 14:33
  • There are also usages such as in "...after you pull a stunt like that."...and a "political or advertising stunt." – Cascabel Oct 1 at 15:17
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The word stunt used as a noun does mean a feat of daring and skill but, even in that sense, there is a connotation of the feat being done to impress or entertain. For instance someone climbing up a tower block to unfurl a political banner might be said to said to have pulled a stunt but a winchman on a rescue helicopter dropping to the deck of a small boat in heavy seas to pick up an injured person would not.

The Lexico online dictionary gives a secondary definition of stunt as a noun which is

Something unusual done to attract attention

with the example

‘the story was spread as a publicity stunt to help sell books’

The Longman dictionary also gives a second definition of stunt as

something that is done to attract people’s attention, especially in advertising or politics

with several examples including

Todd flew over the city in a hot-air balloon as a publicity stunt

A goofy stunt for February sweeps

and

He also knew the value of goofy legal stunts

Now flying over a city in a hot air balloon could fit the skill and risk definition but it is by no means a exercise of an unusual level of skill (particularly if you have an experienced pilot doing the flying for you) but many advertising or political stunts require no physical skill, in fact even standing in a public place dressed in outrageous clothing, carrying placards and shouting slogans could be considered to be a political stunt. In that case no physical skill is required at all.

Similarly the staging of a more or less outrageous social media campaign could be called a stunt but it requires little physical skill and little or no danger or daring.

It is much more likely that the stunt referred to in the quoted passage was something along the lines of an advertising stunt than a feat of daring and skill.

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