father-in-law

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father-in-law (plural fathers-in-law or father-in-laws)

  1. One's spouse's father.
  2. (dated) A stepfather.
    1839, Charles Dickens, “IV”, in Nicholas Nickleby, ISBN 1-85326-264-1, page 41:
    `Yes,` replied Snawley. `The fact is, I am not their father, Mr Squeers. I'm only their father-in-law.`

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