American English

Definition of woodwork noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • things made of wood in a building or room, such as doors and stairs The woodwork needs painting.
  • Idioms
    blend/fade into the woodwork
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    to behave in a way that does not attract any attention; to disappear or hide
    come/crawl out of the woodwork (informal) (disapproving)
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    if you say that someone comes/crawls out of the woodwork, you mean that they have suddenly appeared in order to express an opinion or to take advantage of a situation When he won the lottery, all sorts of distant relatives came out of the woodwork.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: woodwork