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crawl out of the woodwork

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crawl out of the woodwork

verb phrase

To appear, materialize, interfere, etc, as or like something very loathsome: A lot of them are weirdos who just crawled out of the woodwork/ Any time there's a juicy scandal a lot of creeps come out of the woodwork

[1960s+; fr the notion that worms, spiders, maggoty creatures, rats, etc, dwell in hidden places]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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