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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BROTHER-IN-LAW

I suppose he'll be a little more fastidious, as the brother-in-law of Shepler.

He cut off my brother-in-law's leg—charged him as much as if he had grown a new one for him.

Mrs. MacDermott almost shouted the words at her brother-in-law.

And, moreover, his wife was in charge of his brother-in-law.

He looked dubiously at his brother-in-law, but he did not ask him for information.

Stevie gave glances of reverential compassion to his brother-in-law.

It is obvious that he did not plan the death of that wretched lad—his brother-in-law.

Young We followed the plow-boy, intending to greet his brother-in-law.

Joseph Fenton was waiting for his brother-in-law in the hall of his hotel.

When the Prince her brother-in-law howled, she blew her nose.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300; also brother in law; see brother. In Arabic, Urdu, Swahili, etc., brother-in-law, when addressed to a male who is not a brother-in-law, is an extreme insult, with implications of "I slept with your sister."

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