come/crawl out of the woodwork

Definition of come/crawl out of the woodwork

disapproving

  1. :  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

comeplay
  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

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

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

    :  to move or progress slowly or laboriously

  1. :  the act or action of crawling

    :  slow or laborious progress

    :  a going from one pub to another

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

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

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

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

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

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

woodworkplay
  1. :  work made of wood

    :  interior fittings (such as moldings or stairways) of wood

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


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