He wants to be surrounded by his family, his children, his in-law children, and his doctors, with whom he is extremely close.
"The doctor's bull-dog is an 'in-law,' too," laughed Mrs. Smith.
It is the "in-law" that is so exquisitely amusing and irresistible.
Yes; we went to his in-law's farm and we did a little hunting on his father-in-law's property.
Any man dat will telegram a message to save his rich mud'-in-law from maybe sudden apoplexy, he is one saint, sure!
My sister's-in-law, on the second floor, I cannot recommend; she is not cleanly, poor creature!
My mud'-in-law she is de devil for prayin', an' she is poody stout, po' t'ing!
Is it not strange that if you add 'in-law' to the word 'mother,' how immediately the sentiment of the term is altered?
The widow was therefore mother (in-law) to her husband's father, and consequently grandmother to her own husband (Henry).
You see, this Ambrose Wood party is only an in-law once removed.
1894, "anyone of a relationship not natural," abstracted from father-in-law, etc.
The position of the 'in-laws' (a happy phrase which is attributed ... to her Majesty, than whom no one can be better acquainted with the article) is often not very apt to promote happiness. ["Blackwood's Magazine," 1894]The earliest recorded use of the phrase is in brother-in-law (13c.); the law is Canon Law, which defines degrees of relationship within which marriage is prohibited.