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sprout wings

To begin suddenly behaving in an obedient, respectful, congenial manner—i.e., like an angel. Usually used sarcastically or facetiously. If you honestly believe they're going to sprout wings and start making decisions that put consumers before profits, then you're more naïve than I thought.
See also: sprout, wing

sprout up

1. Literally, of a plant, to grow up above the soil. I can't believe some flowers are already sprouting up—I only planted them last week! A bunch of weeds sprouted up in the front yard over the weekend.
2. To appear or arise very quickly and suddenly. Problems started sprouting up as soon as the software went live. Cafés and boutique shops have been sprouting up all over this part of town in recent months.
See also: sprout, up

sprout up

to grow upward quickly, as do newly sprouted seedlings. The seeds sprouted up in the warm rains. Many of the newly planted seeds failed to sprout up on time.
See also: sprout, up

sprout wings

Fig. to behave so well as to resemble an angel. The kid is not about to sprout wings, but he probably won't get into jail again. He was so good and helpful, I thought he would sprout wings.
See also: sprout, wing

sprout up

v.
1. To emerge from the soil and grow rapidly: Weeds had sprouted up through the cracks in the pavement.
2. To emerge and develop rapidly: Within a few years, strip malls had sprouted up across the county.
See also: sprout, up

sprout

n. a child. A little sprout came up and tried to sell me a ticket to a game.

sprout wings

1. tv. to die and become an angel. I’m not ready to sprout wings yet. I’ve got a few more years.
2. tv. to be so good as to become an angel. The kid is not about to sprout wings, but he probably won’t get into jail again.
See also: sprout, wing
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The development and history of the brussels sprout is somewhat mysterious, but by around 1806, the seeds of brussels sprouts appear in Philadelphia seedsman Bernard McMahon's broadside catalog, pointing to an earlier development in Europe.
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