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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 order to investigate the impact of RCEO on sprouting, potatoes sprout lengths were statistically checked for each week under each treatment (Figure 2).
On my small farm, sprouting fodder is a worthwhile investment of my time and resources.
In this respect, Oak species sprouting capability play on important role in regeneration of Zagross forests.
The primary objectives were to develop baseline information on oak sprouting following harvesting and to develop predictive models of sprout survival and growth for use by resource managers and landowners.
Sprouting radish has a distinctive peppery bite, while rocket is particularly trendy.
Efficacy of chlorine and heat treatment in killing Salmonella Stanley inoculated onto alfalfa seeds and growth and survival of the pathogen during sprouting and storage.
The water, warmth and air used in the sprouting process offers the perfect conditions for explosive growth of those bacteria.
Sprouting in seedlings promotes their survival under a variety of stressful conditions, including suppression by canopy trees, herbivory, site exposure, and desiccation.
In addition to the sanitation program and pledge, the International Association of Sprout Growers (ISGA) is also encouraging state health departments to classify sprout growers as food processors, rather than farmers, to require routine inspections required of food processors, and implementation of GMPs and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) standards to assure cleanliness of sprouting and packaging operations.
Rapid forest recovery following disturbance probably occurs for two reasons: (1) stump sprouting following forest harvest favors regeneration of species that were already on the site, and (2) low levels of soil disturbance associated with forest clear-cut leave the belowground ecosystem intact, permitting vigorous and healthy regeneration (Muller, 1983; Burns and Honkala, 1990).
Sprouting, also called "advanced regeneration," allows beech to spread quickly.
The FDA collected 825 samples from 37 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, and found that most of the positive samples came from a small number of sprouting operations: A total of 14 positive samples were found at eight of the 94 growers, and ten of these samples came from just four growers.
* If sprouting at home, use proper sanitation and handling techniques.
Katz recommends sprouting grains in small quantities so they will be distributed well in your container and thus maintain good oxygen access.