come/crawl out of the woodwork

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of come/crawl out of the woodwork

disapproving
:to appear suddenly usually because one sees an opportunity to get something for oneself
  • As soon as she won the lottery, people started coming out of the woodwork, asking for money.

Word by Word Definitions

crawl play
  1. : to move on one's hands and knees

  2. : to move slowly in a prone position without or as if without the use of limbs

  3. : to move or progress slowly or laboriously

  1. : the act or action of crawling

  2. : slow or laborious progress

  3. : a going from one pub to another

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

woodwork play
  1. : work made of wood

  2. : a place or state of concealment, seclusion, or anonymity


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