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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.
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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.
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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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In terms of tortilla baking performance, the addition of sprouted whole-wheat flour did not affect tortilla weight, diameter and thickness.
Sprouted (malted) grains such as sorghum and millet can be used as weaning foods for infants and as easily digested foods for the elderly.
Others say the animals make better use of lower-quality hay when sprouted fodder is added to rations.
Ash: Results related to the ash contents of control and sprouted mung bean and chickpea samples are presented in Table 2.
Of the 5,454 kg of seed sold to sprouters, 3,864 kg (70.2%) had already been sprouted by the time of the embargo.
Charkowski's studies with sprouted seeds of radish, alfalfa, broccoli, and mung bean may yield tactics that sprouters can use to ensure their products are free of Salmonella and E.
"Baking with sprouted flour is turning into the hottest sector in the grain business," says Peter Reinhart, an award-winning cookbook author and baking instructor in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Increase the healthfulness of a single loaf of bread significantly by swapping out some of the flour in the ingredients list for a variety of cooked, uncooked or sprouted seeds, nuts and grains--including sprouted wheat berries.
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.
The Food Standards Agency has warned consumers not to eat some batches of Aconbury sprouted alfalfa products after tests found the salmonella bug present in the Herefordshire company's organic alfalfa.
"Sprouts are only sprouted at the very end of their life.
In the Netherlands, a recent study of sprouted seed products showed that 0.9% of 666 samples of bean sprouts contained Salmonella spp.
Guidance for industry: reducing microbial food safety hazards for sprouted seeds and guidance for industry: sampling and microbial testing of spent irrigation water during sprout production.
2) 2 teaspoons mung bean, 1 teaspoon lentil, 2 teaspoons soybean, 2 teaspoons sunflower, sprouted 2-3 days good in stir-fry dishes, salads, sandwiches, casseroles and patties
Q Are sprouted grains as good for you as people say they are?