Termites in the woodwork

Posted by Smokey Stover on May 16, 2007

In Reply to: Termites in the woodwork posted by Andy on May 15, 2007

: Who coined the phrase "termites in the woodwork"?

The phrase did not have to be coined. In parts of the world where termites are native, or where they have been introduced, there are always termites either in your woodwork or trying to be. Termites are not native to Great Britain, so I imagine the phrase might there be used figuratively. Or perhaps termites have extended their range when I wasn't looking.