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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 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 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.
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Having been housed in a couple of different stables and showing little to no ability in every run before joining Joseph O'Brien, she ran well on her stable debut at Killarney over a mile before sprouting wings to win back over seven furlongs at this track six days ago when sent of 4-1 favourite.
Flying Ant Day IT'S not on any calendar, So we can't say exactly where or when, But it does happen every year, And soon "Flying Ant Day," Will be coming around again, Then, underneath our patios, In their subterranean nests, An army of little termites, Will be sprouting wings from their vests, Have they been taking lessons Learning how to fly Do they have parachutes And in-built Sat Nav, As they take to the sky?
The ad, which shows German engineers suddenly sprouting wings as cars they designed pass the 100,000-mile mark, was accompanied by a staggered social media campaign across Facebook and Twitter.
The four-year-old encountered traffic problems in the five-furlong dash before sprouting wings in the final furlong to finish a close third.
SPROUTING WINGS Arctic Wings is too big to ignore at 40-1 for an each-way dabble at Sandown
Derek insists on trying to dissuade Randy and Tess (Chase Ellison and Destiny Whitlock) from believing in the real Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny and, as punishment, he's sentenced to serve one week as a tooth fairy, sprouting wings whenever he must recover a tooth from beneath a child's pillow and leave a dollar bill in its place.
As punishment, Derek is sentenced to serve one week as a tooth fairy, sprouting wings whenever he must recover a tooth from beneath a child's pillow and leave a dollar bill in its place.
Lie To Me Thursday, Sky One, 10pm Fresh from sprouting wings in fantasy drama Skellig, Tim Roth returns to TV screens as human lie detector Dr Cal Lightman, an expert in deception who can tell if people are lying by looking at their faces.
Well let me put everyone's mind at rest, there is as much chance of William going into the front line in Afghanistan or Iraq as I have of sprouting wings and flying over Grey's Monument.
My children teased me about sprouting wings. In January of 1996, I celebrated my 36th birthday and felt like I was in the prime of my life.
Outpaced to halfway, the Tim Easterbytrained winner, who was sent off the evens favourite, was matched at 80 (79-1) on the exchanges before sprouting wings to get on top well inside the last.
Benedict hit a flat spot three furlongs out before sprouting wings close home to grab second place behind Hartshead.
Although sprouting wings, it still looked as though the winning post would come too soon for the four-year-old, but Andrew Mullen, deputising for Phillip Makin who was stood down for six days at Carlisle on Wednesday after a heavy fall, managed to force his head in front on the line.
SHE is one of the few actresses to have made love on screen with dignity to a man sprouting wings who regurgitates his food - Goldblum in The Fly.