come out of the woodwork

Come out of the woodwork
When things come out of the woodwork, they appear unexpectedly.  ('Crawl out of the woodwork' is also used.)

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • come out of the woodwork — come/crawl out of the woodwork to appear after being hidden or not active for a long time, especially in order to do something unpleasant. After you ve been in a relationship for a long while, all sorts of little secrets start to come out of the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • come out of the woodwork — ► come out of the woodwork (of an unpleasant person or thing) emerge from obscurity. Main Entry: ↑woodwork …   English terms dictionary

  • come out of the woodwork —    When things, or people, come out of the woodwork, they appear or emerge unexpectedly, as if from nowhere, and usually in large numbers.     As soon as we added the swimming pool, our children had friends coming out of the woodwork! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • come out of the woodwork — to appear suddenly and unexpectedly. If you try to lose weight, people will come out of the woodwork to offer advice. Usage notes: usually said about someone who was not invited or wanted Etymology: based on the idea of insects that suddenly come …   New idioms dictionary

  • come out of the woodwork — come/crawl/out of the woodwork phrase to suddenly appear after a long time, especially for unpleasant reasons After his lottery win, several old friends came crawling out of the woodwork. Thesaurus: to appear slightly, suddenly or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • come out of the woodwork — verb to appear or emerge as though out of nowhere, frequently in large numbers or quantity He won the lottery last year and he has had old friends and distant relatives coming out of the woodwork ever since …   Wiktionary

  • come out of the woodwork — (of an unpleasant person or thing) emerge from obscurity. → woodwork …   English new terms dictionary

  • come out of the woodwork — idi cvb to emerge, as from a hiding place …   From formal English to slang

  • Out of the Woodwork — For information on the idiom, see Wiktionary:come out of the woodwork. Out of the Woodwork Studio album by Rice, Rice, Hillman Pedersen …   Wikipedia

  • come/crawl out of the woodwork — disapproving ◇ If people come/crawl out of the woodwork, they appear suddenly, usually because they see an opportunity to get something for themselves. As soon as she won the lottery, people started coming out of the woodwork, asking for money. • …   Useful english dictionary

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