Come Out Of The Woodwork Meaning
(idiomatic) to appear or emerge unexpectedly or inexplicably, frequently in large numbers or quantity.
Example: He won the lottery last year and he has had old "friends" and distant relatives coming out of the woodwork ever since.
1992, Robert P. Newman, Owen Lattimore and the â€œLossâ€ of China, page 227:
Would-be informants came crawling out of the woodwork, drawn to McCarthy as moths to light, each peddling a new version of Lattimore's evil deeds.
2006, John Marsden, Circle of Flight, The Ellie Chronicles: 3, unnumbered page:
And suddenly they came out of the woodwork. I don't actually know what that expression means. What come out of the woodwork? Cockroaches maybe. Mice?
2012, Enzo Centofanti, Out of Africa and into America: The Odyssey of Italians in East Africa, page 136:
With the fall of the fascist regime, Italy was virtually overrun by several political parties who came out of the woodwork to fill in the vacuum.