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Out of the woodwork

Posted by David FG on May 22, 2005

In Reply to: Out of the woodwork posted by ESC on May 21, 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.


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