sprout wings

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.
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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 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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In late July/August afternoons when little stirs, millions of ants sprout wings and take to the air in a bid to colonise new areas.
Jefferson Davis seemed to sprout wings close home, eventually winning by five lengths.
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According to seagull expert Peter Rock, the gulls were probably out in full force and behaving badly because of "flying ant day" - the time of year when ants sprout wings and venture out of their nests to mate.
Because of the huge surge in the number of ants, the number of flying ants - when ants sprout wings and go on 'nuptial flights' in search of a mate - this year is expected to take place earlier than normal.
Rentokil's David Cross said: "We also expect this to be a bumper year for flying ants, which could manifest itself in 'Flying Ant Day'." The phenomenon, when the pests sprout wings to seek mates, is expected in June.
With just five matches remaining Leipzig need to sprout wings if they are to bridge the six-point gap to tonight's visitors Darmstadt who occupy the league's promotion-playoff place.
e top three is completed by the surreal snub from Terry Pratchett's Small Gods where one of his characters, a tortoise called Om, tells another character: "May your genitals sprout wings and Y=y away." e poll, which surveyed 2,000 adults, was commissioned by UKTV channel Drama and also featured lines from Agatha Christie and Ernest Hemingway.
Anyone who has ever driven through Abu Dhabi at rush hour has wished that, like Batman, his car could sprout wings and fly over the traffic jam.
A classic joke among Pinoys seems to sprout wings in the Bay Area-the heart of Giants country-at this time of the year-especially with the Fall Classic close to home.
OK, the teachers at Fly-by-Night Dance Theater can't promise that you'll sprout wings by the end of their Aerial Dance Bootcamp.