More signicant was what the gift of cloaks symbolized: the restitution of respect and honor to the father - in - law lost by the son-in-law's immodest behavior and his deance of elders. He happily informed his father that he had given up medicine to work with his father - in - law , who was a stock-broker. From Cambridge English Corpus. Add father-in-law to one of your lists below, or create a new one. Click on the arrows to change the translation direction. Young men don't seem to care, as a general rule, for an idiot father-in-law! Such is the case in the various registers of respect which entail avoiding the name of the father - in - law and any word resembling it. The word in the example sentence does not match the entry word.