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[woo d-wurk]
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  1. objects or parts made of wood.
  2. the interior wooden fittings, especially of a house, as doors, stairways, or moldings.
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  1. come out of the woodwork, Informal. to appear or materialize suddenly and unexpectedly: Since mortgage rates declined, prospective buyers have been coming out of the woodwork.
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Origin of woodwork

First recorded in 1640–50; wood1 + work
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  1. the art, craft, or skill of making things in wood; carpentry
  2. components made of wood, such as doors, staircases, etc
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Word Origin and History for woodwork


"article made of wood," 1640s, from wood (n.) + work (n.).

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