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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.
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Another fan of the idea, said: "Battered Brussels sprouts. Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?"
To roast Brussels sprouts, preheat the oven to 400 degrees, toss whole or halved sprouts with a small amount of olive oil (or oil of your choice), cracked pepper and minced fresh garlic or dried garlic, if you like.
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You may see Brussels sprouts at the farmers market or grocery store sold on entire stalks rather than as individual heads.
What are sprouted?They are whole grain seeds that include ancient ones such as rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, barley, buckwheat, teff and amaranth and which have just begun to germinate.
Caption: Figure 1: Effect of RCEO on potato sprouts length during storage: evolution of percentage of sprouting during storage at different treatments.
To remove your sprouts from the stalk you should twist them off, removing any damaged or discoloured ones.
CHRISTMAS' most hated vegetable at last has something to sprout about - after being given a chocolate makeover.
Sprouts from 10 PE bags were randomly measured for hardness test and average value of triplicate measurements were reported.
Brussels sprouts are rich in glucosinolates, which have been shown to attack cancer cells.
"We're comparing these Brussels sprouts products to what iceless green onions have done for the foodservice industry--providing a classic, iceless pack in a user friendly format without the wax carton and mess," says Gina Nucci, director of foodservice marketing at Mann's.
Seeking better nutrition for their birds, some poultry enthusiasts sprout grains and seeds for feed, especially when green pasture is scarce.