come out of the woodwork

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British pronunciation/kˈʌm kɹˈɔːl ˌaʊtəv ðə wˈʊdwɜːk/
American pronunciation/kˈʌm kɹˈɔːl ˌaʊɾəv ðə wˈʊdwɜːk/
to come out of the woodwork
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(of things or people) to unexpectedly appear or emerge out of someowhere, often in great numbers

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to [come|craw] out of the woodwork definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "come out of the woodwork" and when to use it?

The idiom "come out of the woodwork" originates from the idea of insects or pests, such as termites or cockroaches, emerging from hidden or concealed places like woodwork or cracks in the walls. This expression is used to describe situations where people or things appear or become noticeable, often suddenly and unexpectedly, after being hidden or unnoticed for a period. It can imply that these individuals or things are emerging in response to a particular event or opportunity.

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