- objects or parts made of wood.
- the interior wooden fittings, especially of a house, as doors, stairways, or moldings.
- 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.
Origin of woodwork
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Examples from the Web for woodwork
For whatever reason, summertime in New York is when all the ghosts of hip-hop past come out of the woodwork.Where Have All the Fat Rappers Gone? Or, How Hip-Hop Lost All the Weight.
August 28, 2013
Romney seems to be bringing liberal Jews out of the woodwork.Tom Friedman Takes a Left
August 1, 2012
Watch out for window frames and other woodwork picked out in shades of cream or gray-green.'World' Players' Secret Getaway
July 17, 2011
Before the leaks and girlfriends come out of the woodwork, spill it.Weiner Should’ve Taken the Letterman Approach
June 13, 2011
I was very eager to protect myself from opportunists who may have crawled out of the woodwork to make a quick buck.Is Dr. Drew a Phony?
December 17, 2009
In the hurry of finishing, some of the woodwork had but one coat of paint.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The carving of the woodwork of these erections is often very elaborate.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
The woodwork down below was rotting, and covered with filth.The Fat and the Thin
The woodwork was all on fire; soon it would be reduced to bolts and tires.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
The beams of the low ceiling and the woodwork of the walls had been stained a mellow brown.Highacres
- the art, craft, or skill of making things in wood; carpentry
- components made of wood, such as doors, staircases, etc
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Word Origin and History for woodwork
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