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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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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

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 woodwork
n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for woodwork

woodwork

Related Terms

crawl out of the woodwork


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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