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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Fat: Mean values for crude fat in control and sprouted mung bean and chickpea samples are given in Table 3.
Of the three sprouters who disinfected their seeds, none were linked to cases, although they had used 32% of the lot L seed that was sprouted.
Both whole grain and sprouted grain begin as a whole grain kernel--a seed with the potential to grow into a plant.
Good4You, a Northern Irish supplier of branded sprouted seeds, said its products were taken off Sainsbury's shelves, and Aconbury Sprouts said Waitrose had delisted two of the three Aconbury products it stocked because the sprouts - alfalfa and radish - were not suited to cooking and therefore could not be consumed in line with FSA guidance.
Scallops on Wilted Pea Shoots In this dish the delicate texture and flavor of sea scallops complement the mild-flavored and lightly wilted tender sprouted peas (shoots).
When the researchers exposed seeds in a test: chamber to nitrogen dioxide for as little as 1 minute, the seeds sprouted at high rates that matched those of seeds exposed to actual smoke from sprigs of the common chaparral shrub called chamise.
A spokesperson for the FSA said: 'It is likely that people could have contaminated sprouted seeds at home because they have a shelf-life as long as July 28.
To monitor trends and detect producers with above-average contamination rates, incorporating the investigation of sprouted seed products in the routine program of food law enforcement in the Netherlands might be considered.
3) 2 teaspoons mung bean, 1 teaspoon sunflower, 2 teaspoons garbanzo bean, sprouted 3-4 days, then cooked and mashed--good as sandwich spread, in casseroles, and as the base for patties
The grower and supplier of fresh organic bean-sprouts, sprouted seeds and wheatgrass is poised on the edge of achieving major multiple recognition to go with its health food store wholesale contracts.
In 1995, she sprouted a lotus seed that she estimated by radiocarbon dating was almost 1,300 years old.
Newport infections occurred in Denmark and several states in the United States during the time that these seeds were likely to have been sprouted and eaten (11).
And large sprouted beans must be cooked before eating to destroy their toxicity.
The seed lot common to both sprouters was supplied by one seed distributor and was sent to three sprouting facilities; two were the implicated sprouters in Michigan and Virginia, and the third, also in Michigan, reportedly had sprouted only a small amount of the seeds.
Wheat berries have three times more vitamin E and six times more of some B vitamins after they've sprouted.