One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an unpleasant person or thing) emerge from obscurity; be revealed.‘would-be informants came crawling out of the woodwork’
- ‘But there's also a very interesting phenomenon occurring here, and that is as we continue to evacuate people out of the Superdome, we're finding more and more people coming out of the woodwork, so to speak.’
- ‘But I started dealing in them and found collectors just coming out of the woodwork.’
- ‘Since then, many groups have been coming out of the woodwork, demanding that the government pay their severances when their companies, folded their tents and left town in the middle of the night.’
- ‘It's just one of those things, the more you do it, the more you get into it and the more you start talking, there's people out there that probably wouldn't do anything silly in their life, and suddenly they're coming out of the woodwork.’
- ‘Once you start looking at the pharmaceutical industry, once you start digging, then you realise that all sorts of bogeys start coming out of the woodwork.’
- ‘All the villagers started coming out of the woodwork, telling us they needed help.’
- ‘And another thing - you should have seen all the obscure relatives that came out of the woodwork for this funeral.’
- ‘All sorts of people seem to be coming out of the woodwork and putting forward schemes now.’
- ‘So the new thinking - there's so many incredible doctors who are - western doctors, that's all I work with, who are coming out of the woodwork.’
- ‘There will be plenty of people coming out of the woodwork to judge him morally, most of them with their own skeletons to hide and assuaging their guilt by taking the moral high tone on someone else's ‘mistake’.’
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