Posted by Smokey Stover on May 23, 2005
In Reply to: Out of the woodwork posted by David FG on May 22, 2005
: : : Does anyone know the meaning and/or origin of "out of the woodwork". Does the meaning or origin make it politically incorrect?
: : "Crawling out of the woodwork" refers to roaches.
: I would extend it to any verminous insect or other invertebrate - it is thus used of anyone or anything that is considered unpleasant. I am not aware that there is any political correctness issue.
The concept is often used figuratively. "I won the lottery, and suddenly fifty relatives I never heard of come crawling out of the woodwork!" SS