wood·​work | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwərk How to pronounce woodwork (audio) \

Definition of woodwork

1 : work made of wood especially : interior fittings (such as moldings or stairways) of wood
2 : a place or state of concealment, seclusion, or anonymity witnesses came out of the woodwork when a reward was offered

Examples of woodwork in a Sentence

We painted the walls white and the woodwork red. The kick hit the woodwork.
Recent Examples on the Web Tomaszewski had a blinder, conceding just the solitary goal, despite facing 36 shots and 26 corners, with Alf Ramsey also watching his side twice hit the woodwork and have four attempts cleared off the line. SI.com, "10 of England's Most Heartbreaking Moments in International Football," 2 Nov. 2019 That seemed to draw people out of the woodwork, and Morris said the vast majority of visitors are there for one last glimpse before Bedrock goes the way of the dinosaurs. Scott Craven, azcentral, "There's still time to see Bedrock City before it becomes Raptor Ranch," 18 Oct. 2019 This is a typical scenario in which random people come out of the woodwork to accuse a celebrity who has already been charged. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Cuba Gooding Jr. Faces More Charges — as Prosecutors Allege He 'Routinely' Abuses Women in Bars," 15 Oct. 2019 Calderon quipped that Nash is now part of the woodwork. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio restaurant Panchos & Gringos offers down-home comfort," 7 Oct. 2019 Matias Vecino also hit the woodwork for Inter midway through the second half. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Juventus wins 2-1 to end Inter’s perfect start," 6 Oct. 2019 When demolition began in March 2017, Mr. Johnston and Ms. Mandl instructed their contractor, LB General Contracting, to gingerly pry out and preserve every significant piece of woodwork while stripping the interior down to the studs. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "A 19th-Century Home in Brooklyn Gets a 21st-Century Makeover," 27 Sep. 2019 After last year’s run as the No. 2 seed, this is not a team that is going to come out of the woodwork. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets want to reach early extensions with Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez. Should they?," 20 Sep. 2019 Lazio and Roma simply couldn't stop hitting the woodwork during the Rome derby on Sunday, as both sides were left frustrated with the 1-1 draw. SI.com, "7 of the Best Moments From Another Incredible Weekend of Serie A Football," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of woodwork

circa 1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Woodwork.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodworks. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of woodwork

: the parts of a room or house (such as window frames or stairs) that are made of wood
British, informal : the wooden frame of football or soccer goalposts


wood·​work | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwərk How to pronounce woodwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodwork

: work (as the edge around doorways) made of wood

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