come out of the woodwork

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come out of the woodwork

also crawl out of the woodwork
to appear suddenly and unexpectedly If you try to lose weight, people will come out of the woodwork to offer advice.
Usage notes: usually said about someone who was not invited or wanted
Etymology: based on the idea of insects that suddenly come out from under boards in a house where they have been hidden
See also: come, of, out, woodwork

come/crawl out of the woodwork

to appear after being hidden or not active for a long time, especially in order to do something unpleasant After you've been in a relationship for a long while, all sorts of little secrets start to come out of the woodwork. Racists and extreme nationalists are crawling out of the woodwork to protest at the sudden increase in the number of immigrants.
See also: come, of, out, woodwork
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Mary, from Ballyfermot, West Dublin, said: "He better not dare crawl out of the woodwork now - he's not welcome back in my life.
Frankly, it is quite distasteful to witness all and sundry crawl out of the woodwork to pick on the bones of the deceased.
WAYNE Rooney is allegedly caught with his trousers down and a sneering army of armchair critics, counsellors, agony aunts and psychologists crawl out of the woodwork faster than a disgraced footballer can put his hands on a great big wad of cash.
IT'S that time of year when the ghosts and ghouls start to crawl out of the woodwork and onto our streets.
IT'S that time of year when the ghosts and ghouls start to crawl out of the woodwork and onto our streets, so with the annual fright night almost upon us the four Welsh Police forces and their partner agencies are making a concerted effort to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour and make this Hallowe'en safe and enjoyable for everyone.
These fake fans seem to crawl out of the woodwork every major tournament and equally quickly crawl back after we have crashed out.
In an e-mail to Sue Gardener, Middlesbrough's Official Supporters' Club chairman, Mr Barnes said: "In all honesty I was totally sickened and saddened that such a fantastic day for us could be soured by a bunch of mindless morons who are pollutants on society in general and at events such as ours crawl out of the woodwork.
And even when Tony Blair tries to get tough on terrorists the bleeding hearts crawl out of the woodwork whining about civil rights and freedom of speech.
I am also sure that if there was a yes vote, the same old suspects will crawl out of the woodwork ready to plunge their snouts into the trough.
And I'll see you crawl out of the woodwork when we're at Cardiff
Also, we see a lot of people crawl out of the woodwork.
it did not take long for Jacklin to crawl out of the woodwork and air his views.
But critics crawl out of the woodwork every year, point to his 5-10 postseason mark and say Schottenheimer can't win the big ones.
Elin and her family are going through hell, thanks to her low-life of a husband, and I wonder just how many more cheap fakes aregoing to crawl out of the woodwork to try and cash in on this scandal.