sprout

(redirected from sprouting)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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
References in periodicals archive ?
The metabolic changes during sprouting affect the bioavailability palatability and digestibility of essential nutrients.
Since temperature has a positive effect on sprouting decreased temperature will decrease sprouting capacity.
Statistical models were developed for the probability of stump sprouting, sprout height growth and sprout crown growth.
Suppliers of sprouting seeds: D T Brown, Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7PQ Tel: 0845 1662275.
Much of what is known about sprouting in trees comes from the forestry literature on logging, a unique form of disturbance that involves the removal of the primary trunk of a tree without damaging the root system.
Sprouting grains reduces phytic acid, a compound that binds minerals in grains, so nutrients such as iron and zinc become more available to the body.
But these days, most seed sold for sprouting purposes has been tested for bacterial traces.
Since temperatures fluctuate more dramatically near the soil's surface than deep underground, that last requirement probably protects a seed from sprouting when it's too deep in the soil, Bradford explains.
Seed sprouting products entering the retail market still might contain pathogenic microorganisms.
Conditions suitable for seed sprouting also are ideal for increasing pathogenic bacterial counts by several logs.
Most failures at sprouting occur because sprouts sour and mold if they are too wet.
With the exception of a few types of sprouts - such as sunflowers and almonds - that are consumed at the first sign of germination, the jar of seeds should be moved into moderate light once sprouting has occurred.
Keith Jones, Executive Director at Washington State University Research Foundation, added, "We believe our research has the potential to have major impact on the way potato growers of Washington and beyond control potato sprouting in storage.
A For thousands of years, whole grains have been the jewel of the harvest, white signs of sprouting indicated the grain crop was ruined.
Because tales of seeds sprouting after millennia in the pyramids have now been discredited, Shen-Miller's lotus holds the record for oldest viable seed.