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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
A mother-in-law is like the dry rot: far easier to get into a house than to get it out again.  Punch.  1
If my mother-in-law dies, I will fetch somebody to flay her.  Portuguese.  2
Mother-in-law, daughter-in-law,—storm and hail.  Italian.  3
My mother-in-law is dead, my hearth is enlarged.  Modern Greek.  4
Of all the old women that ever I saw,
Surest bad luck to my mother-in-law.
The best mother-in-law is she on whom your geese feed (on the grass that grows on her grave).  6
The cask full, the mother-in-law drunk.  Spanish.  7
The gude man’s mither is always in the gude wife’s gait (way).  8
The husband’s mother is the wife’s devil.  German.  9
The mother-in-law does not remember she was once daughter-in-law.  Spanish, Portuguese.  10
The mother-in-law must be entreated and the pot must be let stand.  Spanish.  11
There is no good mother-in-law, but she that wears a green gown (the turf of the church-yard).  (Kelly’s Proverbs.) German.  12

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