They say you can choose your friends but not your family. The same goes for mothers-in-law.

But one brave husband has put his relationship on the line to hit back at his nosy mother-in-law.

According to the man, his wife's mother has an annoying habit of going through her phone.

So he decided to take matters into his own hands.

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"Her mother is generally very nice and tends to have a great attitude and be very enjoyable, a bit of a prude but generally enjoyable," he started in his Reddit post.

"However [she] can be a bit of a major snoop. If my wife leaves her phone sitting around she will just pick it up and start going through it.

"My wife has kind of laughed this off as a remnant of her mom being controlling when she was a kid.

"I'm not a fan of this because my wife and I will sometimes text about thing that simply don't involve her mother and I don't feel are her business at all.

"So over Christmas I saw my wife set her phone down on the kitchen counter and I had a brilliant idea," he continues.

"Her mom was still in the kitchen and I sent my wife the most sexually depraved text about all the things I was going to do to her when everyone left. [Honestly most of them are things we haven't even done, but I had to make it extra scarring ...]

"I sent this text from the bathroom. And maybe it was my imagination but I could swear I could hear an audible gasp shortly after her phone went off."

Moments later it became clear his mother-in-law had read the text.

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Awkwardness set in.

"When I went out her mother absolutely would not look me in the eye. Then not-so-discreetly asked her daughter to come talk to her in the other room.

"When my wife came back into the living room I thought she had been crying, however upon closer inspection she was laughing.

"Her mother had questioned her about me, and if I always talk down to her like that.

"My wife had told her kindly that what we do is between us and us only.

"Probably the best gift this Christmas."

Touche.