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[woo d-wurk] /ˈwʊdˌwɜrk/
objects or parts made of wood.
the interior wooden fittings, especially of a house, as doors, stairways, or moldings.
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 of woodwork
1640-50; wood1 + work Unabridged
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Examples from the web for woodwork
  • The house is made of local sandstone and the interior features beautiful woodwork carved from cherry, maple, walnut and red oak.
  • If you plan to paint the woodwork and trim in the room, schedule painting before hanging the wallpaper.
  • In this approach, the trim color is applied to all non-clapboard or shingled woodwork in the standard manner.
  • Watch as the entire community comes out of the woodwork to play catch up at the farmers' market.
  • Heh so funny how a religious topic can bring the crazies out of the woodwork.
  • Folded still sweet and fresh in its antique woodwork.
  • It was a pretty flat, of white woodwork and soft blue walls.
  • Once a field is in place, the peripheral candidates will get less attention and fade into the woodwork.
  • Every building was smothered in heavy porches and balustrades and balconies of craftless but elaborate woodwork.
  • It was the woodwork that told me that a lot of money had been spent on reopening the place.
British Dictionary definitions for woodwork


the art, craft, or skill of making things in wood; carpentry
components made of wood, such as doors, staircases, etc
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Word Origin and History for woodwork

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for woodwork

woods are full of


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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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