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woodwork

[woo d-wurk] /ˈwʊdˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
objects or parts made of wood.
2.
the interior wooden fittings, especially of a house, as doors, stairways, or moldings.
Idioms
3.
come out of the woodwork, Informal. to appear or materialize suddenly and unexpectedly:
Since mortgage rates declined, prospective buyers have been coming out of the woodwork.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; wood1 + work
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British Dictionary definitions for come out of the woodwork

woodwork

/ˈwʊdˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
the art, craft, or skill of making things in wood; carpentry
2.
components made of wood, such as doors, staircases, etc
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Word Origin and History for come out of the woodwork

woodwork

n.

"article made of wood," 1640s, from wood (n.) + work (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for come out of the woodwork

come out of the woodwork

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crawl out of the woodwork


crawl out of the woodwork

verb phrase

To appear, materialize, interfere, etc, as or like something very loathsome: A lot of them are weirdos who just crawled out of the woodwork/ Any time there's a juicy scandal a lot of creeps come out of the woodwork

[1960s+; fr the notion that worms, spiders, maggoty creatures, rats, etc, dwell in hidden places]


woodwork

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crawl out of the woodwork


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