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His mother-in-law had always lived with him, and she was "difficult."

That woman, I am quite sure and confident, will be our mother-in-law.'

In other homes the daughter-in-law serves her mother-in-law.

I am but mother-in-law to them,' she said, 'having not been married yet full two years.

Her mother-in-law said, 'Go, return,' and she did as she was told.

Four times her mother-in-law said, 'Go,' and yet she would not go.

But God blessed Ruth much more than Orpah, because she loved her mother-in-law.

Her mother-in-law was too much in awe of her own eldest daughter ever to scold anyone.

My mother-in-law had virtue, my husband had religion, and not any vice.

Mrs. Pratt, the mother-in-law, occupied a seat between me and Jacob.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "mother of one's spouse," from mother (n.1) + in-law. Also in early use, "stepmother." In British slang c.1884, mother-in-law was "a mixture of ales old and bitter."

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