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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 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 woodwork

woodwork

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for come out woodwork

woods are full of

sentence

The named things or persons are in plentiful supply; these things are cheap and available: Look, the woods are full of computer programmers; I want one that's a real whiz (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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