come out of the woodwork

come out of the woodwork

To appear unexpectedly, or from unexpected places. No one had anything negative to say when I first pitched this idea, but now people are coming out of the woodwork to criticize it. Ever since Liam won the lottery, his so-called relatives have been coming out of the woodwork.
See also: come, of, out, woodwork

come out of the woodwork

If people come out of the woodwork they suddenly start publicly talking about something or making claims, when previously they said nothing. People are starting to come out of the woodwork to talk about fraudulent practices in the industry. Note: You can replace come with another verb such as crawl. The worst aspect of their decision for Britain is that it will now bring anti-Europeans crawling out of the woodwork once more. Note: People usually use this expression to show that they disapprove either of the sort of things that people are saying, or of the fact that they have only just started to say these things.
See also: come, of, out, woodwork

come/crawl out of the ˈwoodwork

(informal, disapproving) if you say that somebody comes/crawls out of the woodwork, you mean that they have suddenly appeared in order to express an opinion or to take advantage of a situation: When he won the lottery, all sorts of distant relatives came out of the woodwork.
These idioms refer to the fact that insects or small animals, especially unpleasant ones, often hide in holes in wooden parts of a room or building.
See also: come, crawl, of, out, woodwork
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When you have a hit people always come out of the woodwork and try to claim it.
More people have come out of the woodwork to join the committee for the final push, and we expect to do that after the holidays,'' he said.
Influenced by low-interest rates, many potential home-purchasers have come out of the woodwork.
It would be a major surprise if something were to come out of the woodwork to beat him at this stage of the season.
While White said it was too early to tell if any large demonstrations were imminent, ``people here come out of the woodwork to protest in a couple hours, and that may be happening.
The Oxnard volunteers call it Midnight Madness - the equivalent of a full moon for tax procrastinators, the time when some of the wildest and wooliest cases come out of the woodwork.