come/crawl out of the woodwork

Definition of come/crawl out of the woodwork


  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

  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

  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

  1. :  work made of wood

    :  interior fittings (as moldings or stairways) of wood

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

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